Reading with a purpose is an alternative to just journaling about what students have read about at home. This will help keep students accountable for reading at home, while providing meaningful proof. Many of these activities are linked with technology. These are the preplanning to many of the activities students could do to show off their love of a specific book.
3 READ cards: These are similar to BINGO. Students are
instructed to complete four in a row. There are two
cards for picture books and one card with popular chapter book authors for grades 1-3. These authors include: Barbara Park, Mary Pope Osborne, Cynthia Rylant, Ellen Miles, Herman Parish, Ron Roy, Dav Pilkey, David Adler, Jeff Brown, and Jane Yolen. (Barbara Parks is used more often than the others because my students LOVE Junie B.)
2 Commercial Maps: This is a guide for students to fill out before they film their commercial about the book they read. There is one for fiction and one for nonfiction books. In my room, students are going to start with making a regular video using the iPads, and move into using iMovie to edit their commercials!
2 Blog Post Organizers: Before students can create their blog posts (we use www.kidblog.com) they must map out what they are going to tell about in their blog. There is one for fiction and one for nonfiction books.
2 Student Led Quizzes: Partner students up. They will each read a book and create a quiz for that book. Then they will swap books and quizzes. There is one with three questions and elementary writing lines and one with four questions and just lines to write on.
3 Book Talk pages: Students will get in groups and do a book talk. There is one page for beginning, middle, and end, one has a problem and solution, and the last one is for a nonfiction text.
1 Read and Retell: This page is a quick write for students to
write about everything they just read without
using the book.