Reading Log -- Recording What You Read26 December 2011
There is much debate on whether or not to use Reading Logs. I myself have gone back and forth on them. I really don't like the "you read for 30 minutes and mom signs" logs. They just weren't working for me. I didn't feel like the kids were actually reading, or getting anything out of it. So I decided to create my own.
I wanted the students to have to respond to what they were reading in a meaningful way. To help try to ensure this, I created a 5 part response log, with different responses each day. The students choose which response they want to do, and complete one part a night. They then get the log back the next day to repeat the process. By the end of the week, they have done 4 responses of their choosing (with one response left on the log). The next week, they get a brand new log, with new responses to choose from!
Teachers Pay Teachers Store (it does cost $5, but if you read the comments you will see that it is SO worth it...your reading log is set for the entire year!). You will notice that there are A LOT of pages....9 to be exact. I just copy them, back to back, interchangeably so that there are at least 5 different responses for the kids to choose from. (you will see what I mean when you open the document :) )
Just click on the picture and it will take your right to all the reading logs!
For me, this has been a successful way to not only help keep the kids accountable for the nightly reading, but also to get them WRITING about it! They love the graphic organizers and are really into the Comprehension Strategies on there. They also like the element of choice. *I* love that they don't realize how much thinking the students are actually doing! Win-win for all!
And here are some books that I LOVE, in case you are looking for books for your students to read and respond to!
There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread