Last year I began a Mystery Reader program in my classroom. It was a success so I continued it this year.
Parents signed up at Open House at the beginning of the year.
I keep all the clues hidden in this envelope.
Basically, Mystery Readers are people who have a connection with our class and come into our classroom each Friday to read aloud for 15 minutes. Here's the information sheet I gave to the parents this year, which tells all about the program: Mystery Reader Information Sheet
I email the Mystery Reader a week before they are to arrive just as a friendly reminder and also to secure the clues about their identity. I give the class one clue each day and display them in the room. Here's the display sheet I used last year: LIST OF CLUES. For whatever reason, Google Docs has slightly distorted the sheet, but you get the idea.
Finally, here is a sample SIGN UP SHEET.
This year, our Mystery Reader visits took place during snack time, which is why you see all the lunchboxes in the photos:
Most of the readers are moms, but I did have a dad sign up:
He also wrote a letter to each child about the importance of reading. Everyone thought that was neat!
Our last Mystery Reader read two books that I now want for my classroom: Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver and What's Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells.