Reading Tools

I am creating this page to have a place to put miscellaneous things like reading genre posters, reading surveys, reading logs, etc. It will probably just be a free for all. Some of the things will be what I have created while others will be treasures that I have found on the web. 🙂 Let me know if you want me to search for more stuff or create anything!

Reading Interest Survey: I created this survey to give to my 6th graders at the beginning of school so that I can get to know them and match them with great books. I used The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell to create my own survey.

Interest Survey

Reading Genre Posters-You can put these posters all in 1 place in your classroom and/or hang a specific one up on a focus wall for each weekly story.

Santa-Maria Bonita School: http://www.smbsd.org/page.cfm?p=2419

Beth Newingham (3rd grade): http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/Genres.htm

Open Court Resources: http://www.opencourtresources.com/ocr/gradex/Word_Docs/Writing_Genre_Posters.pdf

Reading Genre Tally Sheet– This is for the students’ reading notebooks so they can keep up with the genres they are reading.

http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/Genres.htm

Reading Log Sheet– This is a reading log on Beth Newingham’s website for the kids to record all of the books they are reading.

http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/Genres.htm

Books I Plan to Read– This is a sheet for kids to write down the titles of books that they think they may want to read in the future-maybe based on books they have seen or books that have been recommended to them.

http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2009/11/readers-notebook.html?cid=6a00e54faaf86b8833012875ee3e6e970c (This page is on the scholastic blog and also has many more resources for reading notebooks!!)

Reading Requirements-I want them to read 50 books (10 being picture books) for the year. I typed up a little handout to give them to keep in their noteobooks.

Reading Requirements for 6th Grade pdf

Reading Requirements for 6th Grade word

Reading Response Notebooks– They will be required to write 1 letter each week to me about the book they are reading. Here are the guidelines for the letters so they will know what is expected of them.

Reading Response Notebook Guidelines word

Reading Response Notebook Guidelines pdf

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  1. Hi! I love your page and so enjoy your pictures and ideas. Is there a way to see your reading survey sheet?

  2. Shannon, Thank you! I will try and go find that. I am just moving to 6th grade from second. I was looking through your page a few months ago. Do you do readers workshop? I’d love to see pictures and ways that you set that up. Thanks so much for your help… your page has been a HUGE inspiration to me.

    • Brenda,

      WOW! That’s a jump from 2nd to 6th. I think you’re gonna love it! I tried in the beginning of the year to do reader’s workshop in a sense and kept with it until beginning of October, but with our reading program and my kids not being used to this style, I just gave up and went back to whole class-read story, discuss, test. Thinking back on it, I wish I had stuck it out for the entire year, but it was HARD work on my, and I was scared of not getting results. Our school is VERY focused on state tests. 🙂

      I am now teaching history to 5/6 grades-not reading.

      The only pictures I ever took during our “reading workshop” time was of the kids lounging around the room reading their books individually. By the way, they LOVED this! But I still had the ones who played and didn’t take it seriously. Some of those are still in the 6th grade this year. 🙂

      In my opinion, the reading workshop has LOTS of great things about it, and if we didn’t have a mandated reading program if I ever taught reading again I would try to implement it again and stick with it.

      If you have any more questions I will be glad to try and help you. 🙂

  3. Do you remember the thick and thin questions you had ? the posters you had up? I have tried to find them, can’t seem to find them… used them all last year and somehow that file went missing 😦 If you still have a copy of those question posters, I would so love that.

    • Brenda,

      I think I got those from Beth Newingham’s website. She is a teacher in Michigan-I think. If you google Beth Newingham you will find her AWESOME site. 🙂

  4. This is absolutely phenomenal work. Thank you for sharing!

    • Susan,

      You’re welcome! I not longer use Scott Foresman for reading but thought I might need to let the blog stay because other people still use it. 🙂

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