I am quickly becoming addicted to buying books on my kindle! Now don’t get me wrong-I LOVE to hold a book, smell a book, be the book! But, you’ve got to admit that it is convenient and easy to click a button and download a book when you find one you want to read. Here are some websites that you can get books for you kindle:
And of course….http://www.amazon.com/
This was my 1st year teaching 6th grade so I wasn’t really sure at the beginning what I wanted to do with independent reading. I read The Book Whisper by Donna Miller and decided to set a goal of 40 books for the year. Well, of course I didn’t provide them with the time in class to read indpendently because we focused so much on Scott Foresman so I only had 4 students out of 38 that met or exceeded their goal. They were 4 girls that loved to read anyway! Here are pictures of 3 of them holding their U.S. map with 40 or more states colored in to represent total books read.
Next year I am going to set the goal at 50 or more books. However, I am going to implement The Daily 5 (or Daily 2, maybe) and CAFE in my classroom which means they are going to have A LOT more time in class to read independently. I can’t wait!!
I am also going to change some of the genre requirements for what they read independently from what I had them do this year. AND-their entire reading notebook is going to be restructured!!!
Here are the things that have to be considered:
1. It is very difficult to follow-I have ordered a class set of this book so that every student has a copy in their hands. Also, I introduced it by having them fill out a predict-o-gram with words/terms that are in the book. We periodically revisited this sheet and made changes when necessary. I also gave them a character sheet and as we read through the book I had them write things down when we were introduced to a character or given more information.
2. There are 40 chapters in this book-I did not start this book as soon as I should have so we really crunched some chapters together toward the end.
3. It is very difficult to follow-Did I say this already? I should have taken some time throughout the year to introduce some things so they would be more easily understood as they came up in the book-stock market(definitely!!!!), chess, not sure what else but these are 2 biggies!!!!!!
At first I was frustrated along with the kids because there were so many characters to keep straight, and the way the book is written the scenes keep jumping (quickly). BUT-WE ENDED UP LOVING THIS BOOK!!!!! We finished it today-some of my girls (avid readers) did NOT want the book to end!!!!!
I will definitely keep this on my read aloud list and put it at the end of the year again-BUT will build up to it all year!!!
This year I have asked my 6th graders to read at least 40 books(of course they all won’t do this, but if somebody read 4 last year and 10 this year that is an improvement! :)). I had them keep up with it on a reading log, and then we tried to keep up with it as a whole class on our classroom wall. The big poster kept falling so then I made each child sort of a graph, but that doesn’t look too good either. So I am going to try something that I found on a another teacher’s blog-a United States map (next year our goal will be 50).
Each time they COMPLETE a book, they will color in a state of that particular genre that they read.
Here is the link to a printable map:
We will see how this works!