20 Minutes of Reading

  • Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;

  • Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!


  • Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.

  • Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 minutess/week

  • Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes


  • Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
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  • Student A reads 400 minutes a month.

  • Student B reads 80 minutes a month.


  • Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year

  • Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.

  • Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.


  • Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.


  • By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintainthese same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
  • One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?


  • Some questions to ponder:


  • Which student would you expect to read better?

  • Which student would you expect to know more?

  • Which student would you expect to write better?

  • Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?

  • Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?