Saturday, June 23, 2012

Personal Reading Menus

During Guided Reading my students are reading.  They are either reading to themselves or reading with a partner.  I'm not one of those center type of teachers.  I hate making or buying things for centers only to have students lose a piece and then it's pretty much no good anymore. 

I still might have students work on vocabulary (work on words if you are a Daily 5 person), Word Work, or writing but that is usually something they do on their own as morning work and finish to start off guided reading if needed.  Once students finish that then they read.  For me students do not get enough time reading.  As much as I try to encourage reading at home students never seem to read enough.  So I have my students reading whenever possible. 

The last two years I had a FACE of a reader bulletin board, but if you read below I will be changing my bulletin board up a bit this coming year.  (Still working on the details.) So I will be looking to incorporating ideas from both.  I think all good teachers take a little bit away from every book or blog post that we read, workshop we go to and make it our own so that it works for our group of students.  Well anyway since I'm celebrating my blogs birthday I thought I would give away another freebie.  You can click on the image below to download my personal reading menu in google docs. 

You can arrange the sheets to spell either CAFE or FACE. Each one of my students has this in their book baskets. They bring them with when we meet for small group instruction.  This way it helps students keep track of what strategies they have been taught and are responsible for when they read. 

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Tricia said...

You are awesome. Thank you for the fabulous freebie. this is great tool to provide opportunity for students to be independent.

Queen with Class

Sandy said...

Thanks Tricia! Yes, it has been a great tool for students and it does make them more independent readers.

Dixie Selva said...

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Teachin' Little Texans

Amanda said...

I love that students keep track of the reading strategies being taught. Great idea! Thanks for sharing your awesome freebie. I've already got mine downloaded.

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Christa Swaney said...


Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I found you a few weeks ago and have been following you! I am interested to hear more about how you are changing up your reading/strategies!! Happy Weekend!