I use these logs for guided reading. Teacher and students keep track of all assigned work by using tally marks. I usually give them points based on the Bloom’s Taxonomy level of their work. I also give points to students based on their level of performance. For example, I usually grade (and teacher students to grade) constructed responses based on a 4-point rubric. If they earn 4 points, they get four tally marks by their name. The same goes if they earn 3 points, 2 points, and 1 point. Honestly, I give them points for just about everything depending on the group needs. Sometimes I just give them a point for showing up on time with all their supplies. They really do like to earn those points!
The goal is for the team to work together to reach their target point total. I usually give them a treat when they accomplish their goal. Then, I have students add up their individual totals to see who scored the highest, and they receive double the reward. This creates an individual competitive motivation while having to work together to reach the overall target. I have used this for years and it really does work to motivate students to complete their independent seat work while I work with a small group at the back table.
I use the Daily Goal Sheet to help students stay mindful of the learning target and what they need to do to reach their target. We look at the log at the beginning of guided reading and check off if they reached their goal. Then we write our new goal for the day. This guides our lesson and keeps kids focused and organized.
Also, another way I have used these charts is by changing the days of the week to Week 1-Week 5, which actually works better if you do not meet with the guided reading groups everyday.
I hope it motivates your students to complete all literacy-based small group tasks!