This product is geared toward grades K-2 with classes that contain varying levels of readers. In your reading class, the most important task the kids can do is read and read a lot. This is the solution to the question, “What are my kids doing when they are not with me?”. Independent reading and partnership time, as well as, book clubs can alleviate the concern of whether or not they are doing something meaningful.
This product targets beginning readers as well as readers that are advancing in levels.
For beginning partnerships, kids can read a book between them and read in different ways (choral, taking turns, echo). Once they have done that with all the books in their baggies, they can move to menus. This product contains a menu for literature, information, and fluency. Menus give readers a different purpose for their reading, as well as beginning conversations about books. There is also an editable form for you to add your own menu items.
The menu prompts the kids to use the books they have and poses different questions for kids to answer. One side is directions and the other side contains the prompts.
Another feature of this product is task cards that can be laminated and then use to narrow the purpose of what the kids are doing. They can be laminated and attached with Velcro™ and put in folders. See preview. Between partnership time and private reading, you can stretch and build stamina in your kids.
Depending on the grade level, you may start with kindergarten reading five minutes alone, then ten minutes in partnerships, and then another five minutes alone and build from there. For the partnerships’ work together, I have created partnerships with icons for partners for just girls, just boys, and a boy and a girl. They also come in black and white. I have made them editable so that you can type goals into the boxes if you want.
Icons for ways partnerships can read are as follows:
-You read, I slide
-Act it out
-Talk about the book
-Read like a storyteller
-You be the coach (complete with coaching prompting)
-Read in different voices
-I read. You read.
-Tell something you learned
-Write a response
-Tell the purpose of the text
-Ask and answer questions about the text (talking sticks included)
-Share your thinking
-Tell what is the same and what is different in two stories
For tasks aligning to Common Core State Standards, on each card it tells if it is for K, 1, or 2. There are 18 different literature standards targeting the different grade levels and 12 informational standards. For example, there are three different tasks on retelling depending on the grade (k-2).
Another element of this product is a coaching and prompting bookmark. Once you have taught your kids decoding strategies, this is something they can use to help each other when you’re not there!
To deepen the tasks, I have used the language of CCSS for some, not all of the standards for literature and informational text. These can be used with independent reading books or with instructional level books that you have taught. Tasks such as finding the main topic, asking and answering questions, comparing two stories etc. Icons help to guide the reader.
For higher level readers, I have created a bookmark for what to do before, during, and after partnerships meet. This would be ideal for kids who are self-selecting a book for a book club. On the back of the marker, kids evaluate how they did. I also have another version of a bookmark that guides readers to use strategies while reading together. I have also created talk bubbles with conversation starters. You can print, fold, and use a tongue depressor as a way to encourage them to use “talking sticks” when they get together.
I have also included a book shopping day chart that can be laminated and posted. Kids will need to have 10-12 books at their independent level and you won’t want kids picking out books at the same time, so you can stagger their shopping day
Lastly, there are labels included that you can put on folders for partnerships. You will need Avery Shipping labels #8164, which there are 6 to a page. You will print them and add the partner’s names and adhere to a folder. I have made three different labels; two boys reading together, two girls, and then a boy and girl with a book between them.
You may also be interested in my Private Reading
. Available at my store.
Other products that may be of interest:
Rubric for Written Response-Informational-Kindergarten
Written Response Rubric Gr. 1-2