Many teachers assign reading homework for their students. We hope that our students will read for 20, 30, or even 40+ minutes a day.
However, have you ever stopped and had a conversation with your students about how to successfully do that? Many students are under the misconception that you have to complete all of your reading at once. It’s great if students can do that on a daily basis, but we know that many of our students also have to help out with siblings or other family responsibilities. This can make it hard for them to find large chunks of quiet time to read.
Discussing reading opportunities with your students will help your students identify all of the reading opportunities that already exist in their own lives. By talking as a class and then creating a reading opportunities bookmark, students will have a better idea of when and where to read. This will make it more likely that they read outside of school, and the bookmark will serve as a tangible, year-round reminder of the lesson.
1. Lesson plan with teacher instructions, discussion prompts, and example scripts
2. Student examples
3. Bookmark templates (I recommend printing these on cardstock and then laminating them once students have finished decorating)