I have used this reading station for two years in my classroom. Students LOVE it! They enjoy choosing their books and completing the workbook. This station keeps students engaged in meaningful independent reading activities while I work with guided reading groups. The station can be used with ALL the students in your class – making prep easy. Students are assessed using a checklist – making grading easy. Most importantly, students are READING!
The Good Readers Detective Agency is an independent reading station. The station guides students’ independent reading and provides the teacher with concrete evidence of comprehension and vocabulary building. The station is for students reading at guided reading levels J through T (grades 2-4). Students read 3 books and respond in the student workbook. The graphic organizers and questions are aimed at meeting common core state standards. The teacher trains students and provides guidance in selecting books. The station takes students between 10-15 hours to complete (about 3-4 weeks if used with other stations). Books are not included. An assessment checklist is included.
Case #2 Realistic Fiction
Students read 3 books that are realistic fiction. A list of appropriate and engaging books for grades 2-4 (with levels) is included. During reading, students build vocabulary, summarize the stories and write their opinion about the books. After reading, students compare and contrast the three books. Finally, students have an opportunity to write their own idea for a realistic fiction book.
- Teacher’s Notes
- Common Core State Standards
- Student Workbook (pages are numbered – cover plus 19 pages):
-- Investigate Realistic Fiction
-- Book 1 Story Elements
-- Book 1 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 1 Story Map
-- Book 1 My Opinion About the Book
-- Book 2 Story Elements
-- Book 2 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 2 Story Map
-- Book 2 My Opinion About the Book
-- Book 3 Story Elements
-- Book 3 Vocabulary (2 pages)
-- Book 3 Story Map
-- Book 3 My Opinion About the Book
-- Compare the 3 Books
-- My Idea for a Realistic Fiction Book
-- Assessment Checklist
- Assessment Teacher’s Guide
- Assessment Tracking Sheet
- Student Bookmarks (color and BW)
- Student Brag Tags (color and BW)
- List of Recommended Realistic Fiction Books by Level
1. Gather books (6 or more books for each reading level).
2. Print and staple Student Workbooks.
3. Print and laminate Student Bookmarks.
4. Train small groups of students (guided reading groups work best).
-- Give each student a workbook.
-- Explain the focus and purpose (reading realistic fiction books).
-- Briefly introduce and review the pages in the workbook.
-- Provide books at their level and allow students to select their first book.
-- Give each student a bookmark.
5. Students independently read and respond in their workbooks (schedule 20-25 minutes about 3 times per week for this station).
6. Check student progress and answer questions 1 or 2 times a week. Do a quick check during guided reading groups or circulate the room and check on individual students.
7. After each student completes reading 3 books and the workbook activities, assess the student’s work using the Assessment Checklist.
8. Early finishers can complete another workbook and read 3 different books.
9. Give out Brag Tags and/or prizes (such as magnifying lens, book light, etc.).
Additional products in this series:
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #1 Book Series
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #3 Investigate an Author
Good Readers Detective Agency Case #4 Nonfiction: Read to Learn