Be a Reading Expert! {Beginning of the Year Activities That Encourage Reading}

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This beginning of the year packet was designed to help you instill a love for literacy in the hearts of all of your young readers! The activities in this packet work wonderfully with the Daily Five program or centers/rotations. I hope you and your students enjoy using these materials.

In this 98-page packet you will find:

  • an original story about a character named Reading Expert Roy who teaches children that reading is EVERYWHERE and a whole lot of fun (available in color and black and white)
  • a parent brochure that is chock full of helpful reading information, including how to help their child choose a just right book, a list of reading strategies to use, great questions to ask while reading, and a few valuable websites to check out (available in color and black and white)

"Ready to be a Reading Expert or Not Yet?" Activity #1

This activity can be completed as a whole group or table groups (if you teach an older grade). Students will be introduced to 10 different characters. Each character is behaving a different way while reading. Your class must determine whether their behavior is “Reading Expert” behavior or not. (Example: “Sofia reads her book softly so that she does not bother the other students around her.”) This is an excellent activity for students to act out and spend time discussing.

"Just Right Book or No Way!" Activity #2

This activity could also be done as a whole group or table groups. Students will read about 10 characters’ experiences with choosing a book to read. Students will have to determine if the book was just right for that character or not.

Reading Expert Response Journal Pages: After reading the story about Reading Expert Roy, present your students with a handy dandy Reading Expert Journal. Tell them that they are going to place all of their “reading expert research” inside.

The sheets for the journal were made specifically for the beginning of the year to help you kick off reading in your classroom. However, your students can continue to use their “Reading Expert Journals” throughout the year by having them place any other important organizers in it or having them use it to complete reading response entries.

Each sheet was created to help your students understand the importance of reading.

Here’s what is included in each organizer:

  • Reading Expert Cover Page (for the front of the journal)
  • My Feelings About Reading Survey
  • Reading and You Survey (more detailed survey)
  • What Makes a Good Reader?
  • What Makes a Good Reader? (cut and paste)
  • Readers Are, Need, Try Organizer
  • Reading Sounds Like, Looks Like, Feels Like
  • Good Readers Look Like Labeling Sheet
  • Good Readers Sound Like Labeling Sheet
  • Why Do Readers Read?
  • What Do Readers Read?
  • Where Do Readers Read?
  • Reading Around Town! (students can record words they see around them at school)
  • Can You Picture It? (students draw what they think a reading expert looks like)
  • Just Right Book (students write about a book they think is just right for them)
  • My Reading Favorites ( students write about their favorite book, reading spot, reading buddy, and book character)
  • What's Our Job? (students write what their job is during independent reading)
  • Our Reading Pact (students sign the reading pact)
  • I’m a Reading Expert (students write reasons why they are reading experts)
  • Our Class Pact poster (a large poster for every student in the class to sign)
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98 pages
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