What Are You Reading....Made BETTER!

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Last year, I posted about this bulletin board I had in my room.  It was my "What Are You Reading?" board and I really loved it.  It kept the kids excited about their reading and made them really want to share the books they were enjoying.  The only problem was that at times, the rings would fall and my students would have NO idea whose was whose. 

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So this year, I did a little tiny adjustment to it.  I started off the year having each child decorate a cover card.  It is just an index card onto which they wrote their name.  Seriously, this is a little stroke of genius that eluded me last year.  DUH!  Now, if the cards fall, no one will claim a pack that is not their own and no little pack will sit their untouched and forgotten. 

So....if you are doing this in your room, take it from me.  Have your students make a cover.  It will save you a lot of headache throughout the year!  :)


  1. This is a great idea! Do you have the students record the books that you read aloud or use as a whole group as well or is this strictly for independent reading books? I always have them record the first few we do together during the year to teach the skill but I always seem to forget to give the time needed to record group books once we get going!

    I just did a post about early read-aloud books. I think that it's great that reading is the first thing on our minds each year!

    1. That is a great idea to have them record the read alouds too. I just have them do their independent reading. I allow them to update whenever they want, but have a formal time set aside on Fridays.

  2. This a an awesome idea! I like that the students can keep track of all the books they have read. The students would like to make the illustrations as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. I love this idea - I was going to start this for the first time this year, and this is helpful. I'm also going to have them do an illustration on the front, and a short book trailer on the back, so that others can read them to get ideas for another book to read.

  4. That's a great idea:) We did these last year too. I always had them include their names, title of the book, genre, author, and date finished. That way, everyone knew who they belonged to. I do love the idea of a cover card though. It makes it much cuter:)

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  5. Love this idea!! I am starting Daily 5 with my 4th grade class this week, and this would be a great fit. Keep sharing your great ideas!!

  6. Great idea!! I bet the kiddos love looking back to see what they have read.

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  7. I started for this first time this year and only 3 weeks into the year, we were already having this problem! Thanks for the great idea. I'm going in Tuesday and having everyone make a cover for their ring.

    1. Isn't it crazy how sometimes these most simple of ideas elude us? I lasted a whole year without doing it! haa haa


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