Reading Workshop is essential to any effective classroom. This toolkit provides a myriad of tools to make Reading Workshop more beneficial for your students and easier and more convenient to administer for you.
Read and Respond Reading Log (4 variations): Leveled reading logs in which students can record their thinking.
Reading Log (2 variations—print and cursive): A basic reading log to record dates, titles, authors, and genres of materials read.
Genres: A colorful poster/handout describing literary genres in kid-friendly terms.
Genre Quiz: A ten-question quiz to assess students’ understanding of genres.
Sticky Note Tracking Guide (2 variations): Allow students to use color-coded sticky notes to record tracks of their thinking. Choose the guide that matches the size of sticky notes being used. Place sticky notes on blank column. These sticky notes become a great tool for discussion and “quick check” assessments.
Reading for Meaning Bookmarks: Print these bookmarks, attach one bookmark on the front and one on the back of a piece of cardstock or construction paper, and laminate for durability. Encourage your students to follow the before, during, and after reading steps to increase their comprehension and ability to make meaning of what they are reading!
Reading Interview: Get to know your readers through this reading interview. Makes a great back-to-school activity.
Words That Make Me Wonder: Encourage students to write down unknown/tricky words as they read. Once they learn what it means, they choose how they want to remember it—definition, sentence, or picture.
Vocabulary 4-Square: Reinforce important vocabulary through the tried and true 4-square method.
Running Record Reference: Use this quick and concise guide to conduct running records with accuracy and fidelity.
Guided Reading Levels (2 variations): A color-coded Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level chart. Makes a great visual for students AND parents!
Small Group Lesson Plan Recording Sheets (3 variations): Save time writing lesson plans by using one of these three easy to fill out forms.
Conferring Recording Sheet (2 variations): The first one allows you to combine all of your reading and writing workshop conferring notes onto one page. The second allows you to keep the subjects separate.
Blank Running Record Form: A quick and easy way to conduct “on the fly” running records during your small group reading/conferring time.
Mystery Reader Handout: This weekly favorite gets students leading read aloud. At the beginning of the week, slide this note and a “just right” book into a student’s backpack. On the last day of the week, after they have practiced, they lead read aloud time, not you!