How many times do you look out during silent reading time and see students looking around, playing with something, or flipping aimlessly through the pages of their book? If you are like I was, you are looking for a way to motivate your readers to become engaged during this gift of a silent reading time.
Aside from all of the tricks, like modeling good reading habits, setting up a cozy reading environment, and making sure all students have a book that is good for them, there comes the part after where as teachers we wonder, "Did they gain something from this experience?"
These activities will provide you and your students with a way to ensure that students are motivated to practice real reading and a way to measure each student's silent reading time experience.
Included you will find two simple and effective tools to use with partners or small groups. The activity will take little time and each person will have a chance to talk about their reading experience.
Hopefully you and your students will enjoy using these simple tools as much as we do!