Do you incorporate independent reading into your classroom on a daily basis? If so, this simple Independent Reading Check-In system is for you.
Before giving students time for independent reading, take time to ask students what they're reading and the page number they're on in their current independent reading book. This strategy is quite simple to set-up and execute, and it has several benefits. First of all, by asking students to publicly state in front of the class what they're reading and what page they're on, we are assuming they have a book. One of the most frustrating things for teachers is when students don't bring a book to read to Language Arts class, where they know they will have time to read each day. Assuming the best in students is a good thing, and most will bring a book every day for the simple reason that they know you are going to ask them.
This is also a great time to identify students you need to check in with for a reading conference. Who is starting a new book every few days and continuously abandoning books? Who is making snail-paced progress in his/her IR books and needs a push or a book with an easier reading level or more familiar content? Who is flying through books so fast you want him/her to pause and check-in with where his/her comprehension is at? Who never seems to be able to find a book to read? Who always reads out of the same genre and never mixes it up?
Keeping these check-ins in your reading conference binder provides kick-off points for reading conferences based on students' actual reading habits. The daily check-in also does something else unexpected: it helps create a community of readers in your classroom. Students hear the books other students are reading and hear their daily reading progress. This opens doors to initiate conversations about reading. You might hear students say things like, "I just read that same book? I was thinking about reading that book, too. What do you think about it?"
This FREE download includes:
-Independent Reading Check-In sheet PDF format. This will allow you to have the same fonts and format.
-Independent Reading Check-In sheet Microsoft Word format. This will allow you to edit the document to put in the right amount of students and their names so that you can just print out a new sheet each week and have it all ready to go.
-A picture of a sample check-in.