The Reading Mat is a component of Reader’s Workshop but can be used in any reading program that encourages independent reading and rereading to build fluency.
Please click on the preview to see photographs of the Reading Mat in action! You are going to love this!
This resource includes BOTH color and black and white versions of:
My Reading Mat cover with directions
To begin, adhere the “My Reading Mat” cover page to the top of a file folder. This will provide your students with a visual reminder of how to keep track of what they are reading and build stamina.
The “Stop” and “Go” mats are adhered to the inside of the file folder.
Students begin by placing their stack of books on the “GO” side of their mat. They place the harder texts at the bottom and the easiest on top (to be read first).
When they finish a book it gets placed on the “STOP” side of the reading mat.
When all the books are read, students then “make their way back” as they reread their books, each time placing in on the “Go” side of the mat. This will encourage your young readers to stay on task and avoid returning to the classroom library to peruse for additional books. You want your students to reread to build their fluency.
It is encouraged to provide your students with a post-it so they can tally how many books they have read during independent reading to keep track of their growth. This will help them set goals and take ownership of their reading growth.
If you would learn more about The Reading Mat, please visit this blog post to see more pictures of it in action: The Reading Mat
You may also enjoy these Reader's Workshop resources for your classroom:
• Word Detective Strategies Posters for Phonics with Personal Goal Cards
• Word Detective Badges & Certificates (Editable)
• Sight Word Wallet for Word Detectives
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