"Me as a Reader"

Those of you who have been following me for some time may recognize this project from last year.  I saw a version of it on Julie Ballew's website and adapted it to use with my fourth graders.  If you haven't snooped around her site, I highly recommend it!

We have been working hard at our reading behaviors and I felt my student were ready to get a little more personal--to take all the minilesssons we have been talking about  and set a personal reading goal.  We talked about the many different ways we can all get better at reading and we generated quite a list.  I forgot to take a picture of it but some of the students' ideas are below:

Read more "just right" books
Stay focused during reading
Keep up with home reading
"Fix it" when something doesn't make sense
Read a better variety of books
Make good choices about where to read
Read with expression
Get pictures in your mind as you read

We also reviewed our "minilesson miniposters" that I display...here are a few

So...after having this discussion, we worked to turn our ideas into our "Me as a Reader" projects!  Check out the pics below!
I showed the students how to use their ruler to make a border for decorating.  I didn't give them much class time to decorate...I gave them that to do over the weekend.  Some spent a TON of time and others didn't...but I wasn't willing to take a bunch of class time for it. 
We then added our information...three cards, three prompts--"My reading goal is...", "When I read..." and "My favorite books are..."
I had some different head tracers I had made... 
And let them create their faces...
On Monday we put it all together... 
This fourth grader spent a ton of time on hers!

They were SO proud of them!  

UPDATE:  I have had a few questions about the mini posters listed above.  They are available as a part of this resource.  THANKS!


  1. I am excited about your new blog! I find that it is much easier to find primary blogs that I am interested in that upper grade ones.

    The Math Maniac

  2. Great bulletin board display - I love it!!

  3. Love this idea. My "steal" it for our outside bulletin board!


  4. I am very interested in the idea of my students setting reading goals. At the beginning of the year I was concerned that my students would not understand the true meaning behind the goal setting. I really enjoy your sentence starters, mini lesson and connections to prior learning to create the goal. I look forward to completing this activity with my second grade class.