In the age of Common Core, all kids are expected to read and RE-READ often! Re-reading not only helps comprehension but fluency as well! This is especially important with beginning readers on Fountas & Pinell levels A-I.
Included in this product are 4 different ways for kids to track their re-reading! Kids at these levels should have books in a bag (up to 5) that are on their instructional level and that they can practice during a week. I always had my students keep up to 5 books and when I was about to give them their sixth book, they returned their oldest book.
The following is an explanation of how to use each log from the preview:
A) Kids write the title of a book from their bag (this has to be an instructional level text) on the log and throughout the week they try different activities. Once they have completed one of the activities, they mark an “S” for school or “H” for home, depending on where they read their book. **The preview shows an "X". I have since revised with the "S" and "H". The activities should be modeled by you first. “I made a movie in my mind.” helps the reader to “see” what is happening in their head. “I read and retold” is the 5 finger strategy (setting, characters, problem, events, solution OR character, setting, beginning, middle, end OR whatever you teach to be the 5 finger retell method) If it is an informational text-5 facts; one for each finger. “Read like a story teller” is a teaching point that you will have done when teaching fluency. “I looked at the pictures and thought about what I saw.” This is similar to a picture walk prior to reading but helps kids build their comprehension through illustrations. “I used a Post-it to show my thinking”-This is when you model in your small groups, words that stick out, favorite parts, dislikes, puzzles, wonderings etc. This can be done with “Quick Draws” on a Post-it. “I read the way the character felt”. This helps the reader to use the setting and dialogue to read it with the feeling that mirrors what they character is feeling. For nonfiction, I would tell them to read like an expert.
B) This log is where kids write the book titles from the books in the bag (or you can) and every time the student reads, they make a tally mark. The preview shows two logs; one with a boy and one with a girl. This product was revised 10/20/15 and there is now one log with both a boy and a girl on it.
C) This is a log between home and school. Kids need many opportunities to practice their reading. On this log, kids just indicate with a tally mark how many books or times they read at home and school. This is great data!
D) This is absolutely one of my favorites! With these little cards I would print and laminate and put them in their book bags. Every time you teach a new book, you put a Post-it on the back cover before you send it home. The book is then added to the student’s book bag and every time they finish a book they make a tally mark on the Post-it. The cards are just helpful reminders! These logs are also especially helpful for beginning Second Language learners that we all have in EVERY grade! An explanation for each log is included in this product.
These logs were adapted from the very talented Jennifer Serravallo and her book Literacy Teacher's Playbook, K-2
. It is a MUST READ for all K-2 teachers!
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