Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made It! Getting Ready for Independent Reading

It's another link up at Monday Made it with 

This week I wasn't sure what "Made It" to address. . .

Maybe THIS one . . .

Or THIS one . . . 

As you can tell, it was kind of one of those weeks.  I haven't included photos of ALL the things I made and ate in huge quantities because it is just so embarrassing.  What I DID decide to share for my Monday Made It is the mini posters I plan on using to start the year when I introduce independent reading behaviors to my students.  Helping students become independent with their book selection and reading stamina are a passion of mine, so I spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the year working on it.  In fact, I often ask the students in those first few weeks to reflect on their reading on checklists something like these.

But in order to help them understand exactly what these things mean, we have to do some mini lessons "highlighting" what they look like and sound like so I turned all my descriptors of what a good independent reading time looks like into little mini posters.  I haven't decided yet if they are going on a bulletin board or possible on a triangle stand with rings so I can flip to each and highlight the "lesson of the day".  First I printed them two to a page . . .

 . . . then mounted them on black paper to give them more "pop"!

Because I want my students to recognize that reading is a very personal thing, I really stress the ME piece--and what makes a great fit book for one may not for another!

Here they are!  They align with the lessons I teach in those first days of reading and are now ready to go!  The checklists you saw above are all available in my "Getting Reading for a Year of Reading" resource for those of you who are interested in seeing more.

I kind of like how they turned out!  Now--off for another homemade ice cream sandwich.  Shhhhh . . . 


  1. Glad I wasn't the only one who had THAT kinda week! haha I would never post what all I ate last week...but it was all good! Love the posters!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

    1. Thanks! How many ice cream sandwiches is a serving? Please say three...

  2. 11 ice cream sandwiches is 1 serving! Oh my does that look YUMMY!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. What a relief! I've only had one serving then!

  3. I love your idea of the mini posters for Me as a Reader! Are they available on TPT?

    1. Hi Kathy! I just added them to the end of my Getting Reading resource listed above--I added them to the end for anyone who has purchased that resource. :)