Students often read Accelerated Reader (AR) books without practicing reading skills. The purpose of this readers notebook is to make students think about what they are reading. This will help students understand the book before they take the test. Students will work on skills such as summarizing, theme, point of view, and visualizing a text, among others. There are also sections that have students practice verbs, nouns, and prepositions, among others.
I give my students a new journal for each quarter. Each journal has activities for 8 weeks of the quarter. Students have one week to read an AR book or part of one. They then fill out the activities for the week in the readers notebook.
The notebook has a page called "Hall of Fame and Flops," which students can use to rate books. They can then share with students what they read and how much they enjoyed it. It also allows teachers to see what students are reading. There is another page with a book wishlist. Students add books they would like to read in the future and why they want to read them.
All the activities are coded with the Common Core standard that it works on, for 5th grade. This could be re-coded to work for other grade levels.