Monday, March 16, 2015

Kids Need to Read Books They Enjoy!

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources.

There are so many amazing books available for kids.  Children should read quality books that interest them every day.  The more students enjoy what they are reading, the more attention they will pay to what they are reading and the better they will comprehend it.  However as teachers we are often worried about how we will know if students have comprehend the books they are reading if we haven’t read them ourselves.  So we give them a specific group of books to choose from and have comprehension questions ready. 

Teachers need accountability.  Kids need the freedom to read what they enjoy.  So in my classroom I worked to a compromise.  The kids could read anything that they wanted, as long as it was fairly close to their level, and they completed some sort of accountability measure.  In order to allow my students to reading books that interested them but still be held accountable, I have created resources that could be used with any book students chose.  They check that students are using reading comprehension strategies and force students to think about the book – whatever book they choose.

Here are a few resources that allow students to read any book they choose but still practice reading comprehension strategies:

 

Primary Read Aloud Journal

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - primary reading journal

 

 

36 Week Reading Response Journal

 Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - reading response journal

 

Weekly Reading Logs

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - readinglogs

 

Student Selected Novel Study

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - self selected novel study

 

Non-Fiction Book Study for Any Book

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - NonFiction Book Study

 

Story Elements Bookmarks

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - Story Elements Bookmark

 

Book Review Bookmark (Free Download)

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - book review bookmarks

 

Be the Teacher Sheets

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - be the teacher sheet

 

Online Book Report (Free Download)

Resources to keep students reading books they enjoy while keeping them accountable for their learning.  Resources from Raki's Rad Resources - online bookreport

 

Of course it is always helpful to have some great books hanging around for students to choose from.  Check out my post on 10 Authors that Should Be in EVERY Elementary Classroom to find great book suggestions.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources