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Read to Feed

Nurture a love of reading while helping others with our reading incentive program

When your students Read to Feed, they practice key literacy skills and help families in need. It's easy to start fundraising and engage your students in global learning with our free educational resources. Get started today!

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Our variety of reinforcement items further enhance your students’ learning and fundraising experience by reminding them of their goals and rewarding them for meeting milestones. We have books, guides, kits and national standard-based lessons to make it easy to Read to Feed.

Show this video in the beginning of the Read to Feed program to get your students excited about helping others:

How Read to Feed Works

Kits and Guides

Read to Feed Student Kit.
Read more about the Read to Feed 30-Student Kit resource.

This kit includes materials for your students to share with their parents about the Read to Feed program, as well as reinforcement materials to help students track their progress toward their goals. Each kit includes enough materials to support a classroom of 30 students.

Read to Feed Leader Guide cover.
Read more about the Read to Feed Leader's Guide resource.

This guide will help you prepare for and lead a successful Read to Feed Program. It serves as an adaptable implementation guide for the program, as well as a source of inspiration for the wide variety of ways to engage your students in learning about ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

Read to Feed Student's Guide cover.
Read more about the Read to Feed Student's Guide: All Ages resource.

This booklet includes everything your students need to share with their parents about the Read to Feed program, including: a letter to parents explaining the program, enrollment form, sponsor envelope to collect pledges and a book list to track their progress. This resource is currently available only by download. If you would like a hard copy of the Student Guide, they are provided as part of our Read to Feed Student Kit, along with bookmarks, a classroom poster and other items you need to get started.

Order form for Choose Your Adventure.
Read more about the Choose Your Adventure Order Form resource.

Once your students have raised the funds and collected all donations for the program, you can use this simple form to send in the gift to Heifer. Simply return it to the printed address along with your donation.

Read to Feed certificate.
Read more about the Read to Feed: Certificate of Achievement resource.

After completing the Read to Feed program, this certificate will help to recognize, commemorate and remind your students of their hard-earned successes.

Lessons

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Read more about the Read to Feed PreK-K Lessons resource.

These lessons focus on the benefits animals provide to people and how people can care for the animals for a pre-k/kindergarten level. Based on “The Chicken and the Worm” by Page McBrier, the geographic focus is on the Americas. Each lesson was developed, reviewed and tested by an advisory group of professional educators from a variety of schools across the United States.

grades 1-2 lessons.
Read more about the Read to Feed 1-2 Lessons resource.

These lessons focus on the on the concept of community and the connections between members of a community. Based on "Flora and the Runaway Rooster" by John Claude Bemis, the lessons have a geographic focus on the continent of Africa. Each lesson was developed, reviewed and tested by an advisory group of professional educators from a variety of schools across the United States.

grades 3-4 lesson.
Read more about the Read to Feed 3-4 Lessons resource.

These lessons suitable for 3-4 grade audiences focus on the interactions between people and their environment. Based on "Winter in Songming" by Page McBrier, the lessons have a geographic focus on the continent of Asia. Each lesson was developed, reviewed and tested by an advisory group of professional educators from a variety of schools across the United States.

Grades 5-6
Read more about the Read to Feed 5-6 Lessons resource.

These lessons for 5-6 grade classes focus on the roles and responsibilities people have within their communities. Based on “Once There Was and Was Not” by Page McBrier, the geographic focus is on Europe. Each lesson was developed, reviewed and tested by an advisory group of professional educators from a variety of schools across the United States.

Fun

A variety of colored Heifer Buttons.
Read more about the Heifer Buttons resource.

These colorful buttons are a fun way to reward your students for milestones they meet. They also serve as a reminder of the various animals that Heifer gives to impoverished families around the world. This resource is currently available only through shipping. They are also provided as part of our Read to Feed Student Kit, which includes 1 Leader's Guide, 25 Student Guides, 28 bookmarks, a classroom poster and other items you need to get started.

Heifer Stickers.
Read more about the Heifer Animal Sticker resource.

These stickers are a colorful and fun way to reward your students for milestones they meet. They also serve as a reminder of the various animals that Heifer gives to impoverished families around the world. This resource is currently available only through shipping. They are also provided as part of our Read to Feed Student Kit, which includes 1 Leader's Guide, 25 Student Guides, 28 bookmarks, a classroom poster and other items you need to get started.

Read to Feed Bookmarks download.
Read more about the Read to Feed Bookmarks resource.

While journeying through the program, these bookmarks will not only help your students keep track of where they are in their book, but also in their Read to Feed goals. They include a space for your students’ names, their goals, and a path they can fill in to track their progress along the way. This resource is currently available only by download. If you would like a hard copy, they are provided as part of our Read to Feed Student Kit, which includes 1 Leader's Guide, 25 Student Guides, 28 bookmarks, a classroom poster and other items you need to get started.

Read to Feed: Coloring Pages illustration.
Read more about the Read to Feed: Coloring Pages resource.

Featuring 12 different animals, these coloring pages will help your students learn more about specific animals they discover during the Read to Feed program, all while creating their own works of art.

Poster image of Read to Feed.
Read more about the Read to Feed Classroom Poster resource.

While journeying through the program, this poster will encourage your class by showcasing their collective progress toward their Read to Feed goals. It includes a space for your class information, goals and a path that can be filled in to track progress along the way. This resource is currently available only by download. If you would like a hard copy, they are provided as part of our Read to Feed Student Kit, which includes 1 Leader's Guide, 25 Student Guides, 28 bookmarks, a classroom poster and other items you need to get started.

A picture several Heifer animal cards laid in a pile.   Cards include a picture and facts and information about each animal.
Read more about the Animal Cards resource.

An informational tool to teach groups about the importance and the value of the resources project participants receive.

An image of the Heifer giving bank box with pictures of Heifer project participants on the sides.
Read more about the Giving Bank resource.

The giving bank is ideal to collect cash and a simple reminder of our participants.

Books

The Chicken and the Worm book cover.
Read more about the The Chicken and the Worm resource.

In this story of friendship, innovation and humor, both the chicken and the worm learn about each other and learn to respect one another. It`s a great lesson for chickens, worms and children on the idea that even the smallest creatures can work together to care for the Earth.

Book cover of the Spanish version of The Chicken and the Worm.
Read more about the The Chicken and the Worm- Spanish Resources resource.

In this story of friendship, innovation and humor, both the chicken and the worm learn about each other and learn to respect one another. It’s a great lesson for chickens, worms and children on the idea that even the smallest creatures can work together to care for the Earth.

Flora and the Runaway Rooseter book.
Read more about the Flora and the Runaway Rooster resource.

Young Flora dreams of going to school with her brother and sister so she can play soccer. But when one of her family's roosters Kubika runs loose, he leads Flora on an adventure in her native Rwanda. Along the way she learns the value of friendship, responsibility and Passing On the Gift.

Winter in Songming book cover.
Read more about the Winter in Songming resource.

As winter approaches in a small Chinese village, young Zadou is excited as he first watches, then participates in the construction of an addition to his simple home. A delightful portrait of a community’s pulling together to build a better future, this story highlights Zadou working alongside his father and the other men in the village as together they build something strong to see them through many winters in rural China.

The cover of the Spanish version of the book Winter in Songming.
Read more about the Winter in Songming Spanish Version resource.

As winter approaches in a small Chinese village, young Zadou is excited as he first watches, then participates in the construction of an addition to his simple home. A delightful portrait of a community’s pulling together to build a better future, this story highlights Zadou working alongside his father and the other men in the village as together they build something strong to see them through many winters in rural China.

Book cover of Once There Was and Was Not.
Read more about the Once There Was and Was Not resource.

Based on a true story, this Armenian proverb unites young Artun and his two friends, Sarkis and Lazar, with one beautiful cow. As the trio learn about sharing, caring and responsibility, this modern folktale reminds us how small acts can change the world for the better.

Book cover of Once There Was, Spanish version.
Read more about the Once There Was and Was Not Spanish resource.

Based on a true story, this Armenian proverb unites young Artun and his two friends, Sarkis and Lazar, with one beautiful cow. As the trio learn about sharing, caring and responsibility, this modern folktale reminds us how small acts can change the world for the better.

Children helped by read to feed along with a hand-written note from a child.

Create your class campaign or look for a student 

Collect funds and communicate about your success by creating your own fundraising page. You can customize it with pictures, share stories about your class and set your goals. You can also find pages for current fundraisers. 

Start your Fundraising Page

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