My 4th graders get DEAR time every day! I provided them with a basic reading log which they were to fill in the date, the book they were reading, and the amount of time they read. This was interesting for them for about the first day....then they were bored and lost interest in filling out their reading log. And really, what was the point? So I decided to make their reading log more interactive...meaning they must reflect on their reading.
So, now after our daily DEAR time, the students get 5 minutes to log their reading. They log the date and the book they are reading along with a short reflection activity. There are activities for everything from summarizing what they read, to looking for cause and effect examples in their reading, to sketching predictions.
This reading log consists of 18 pages - 1 page for each week of one semester. On each page, is a section for each day of the school week. At the end of the week, I look over the reading logs and give a grade based on effort and neatness. I made into a bound booklets that students keep in a basket in our reading corner.
I actually reuse this same log for 2nd semester. This means they do each activity twice a year - 18 weeks apart. By this time, they don't remember or mind doing the activity again.
This is a great way to review comprehension skills.
Common Core Aligned.
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