The Good Readers Detective Agency is an independent reading station. This engaging station guides students’ 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). The teacher trains students and provides guidance in selecting books. Students read the books and respond in the student workbook. The graphic organizers and questions are aimed at meeting Common Core State Standards. The station takes students between 10-15 hours to complete (about 3-4 weeks if used with other stations). An assessment checklist is included.
Case #4 Nonfiction: Read to Learn
Students read 3 books on a nonfiction topic. This reading station is designed for nonfiction informational topics that are NOT about people (autobiographies or biographies), historical events or world cultures. A list of appropriate books and topics is included. During reading, students gather facts, learn key words, draw a diagram with labels, draw an illustration with captions and write about their topic. After reading, students compare and contrast the three books. Students have an opportunity to reflect on their reading and write what they learned.
- Teacher’s Notes
- Common Core State Standards
- Student Workbook (pages are numbered – cover plus 19 pages):
-- Investigate Nonfiction: Read to Learn
-- Book 1 Key Facts
-- Book 1 Key Words
-- Book 1 Diagram With Labels
-- Book 1 Illustration With Caption
-- Book 1 Write About the Topic
-- Book 2 Key Facts
-- Book 2 Key Words
-- Book 2 Diagram With Labels
-- Book 2 Illustration With Caption
-- Book 2 Write About the Topic
-- Book 3 Key Facts
-- Book 3 Key Words
-- Book 3 Diagram With Labels
-- Book 3 Illustration With Caption
-- Book 3 Write About the Topic
-- Compare the 3 Books
-- What Did You Learn?
-- Assessment Checklist
- Assessment Teacher’s Guide
- Assessment Tracking Sheet
- Student Bookmarks (color and BW)
- Student Brag Tags (color and BW)
- Recommended Nonfiction Books and Topic Ideas
1. Gather books ((3 or more books for each topic, provide different levels)
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 nonfiction to learn about a topic)
-- Briefly introduce and review the pages in the workbook.
-- Provide books at their level. Allow students to select a topic and one book to start.
-- 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 select a new topic, complete another workbook and read 3 different books.
9. Give out Brag Tags and/or prizes (such as magnifying lens, book light, etc.).
: 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!
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