Wondering how to get through those first few days of reading class? Maybe you're nervous about getting kids started with independent reading...or maybe you're a veteran teacher looking to try something new!
Here are detailed lesson plans to get your students reading and working together. You'll start with a Reading "Meet and Greet" (like human bingo), in which students will circulate and find out about each other. You will build your classroom community by having students interview each other. Then, kids will put together their Reading Journals, easy and cheap folders that help them to keep track of their reading. You'll also find plans for helping students to start thinking about their thinking as they read, and a plan for helping students to create their own reading ratings.
The first few days of reading can be daunting. These materials can give you a blueprint for getting started! In addition to the lessons and journal materials, you'll also find a handy theme reference sheet, character traits sheet, and character emotions page for students.