I am SO excited to bring you something special today!
Last year, I read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and I was HOOKED! It changed my whole thinking about the way I was teaching reading...and I have a Masters in reading instruction!
So I went on Teachers Pay Teachers and found what I thought was an awesome resource to go with my 40 Book Challenge. I required students every day to write down what they read for homework, do a book review after every book, do book projects after every 10, I gave points, took points away, graded and used rubrics. This was EVERYTHING Donalyn said NOT.TO.DO!
I failed, bad! I never checked their logs and students lost their love of reading. I love the whole idea and concept behind the 40 Book Challenge so I knew I had to do something different.
My school is trying to go as paperless as possible. Each student in my class has their own Google Drive and their own Weebly portfolio. I do not use Google Classroom but have Hapara, a teacher dashboard for Google. I am able to send students Google Docs, Slideshows, Forms, and more. I can also monitor what they are doing. I love it.
So I decided to make a change with my challenge this year and go paperless!
My goal for this year is to:
Research books we want to read and create a TBR list
Biweekly student lead book chats during lunch
Recording a book when they are done, not every day
Setting their own goals for books read
Celebrate accomplishments after reading books
Blogging about our reading
Using our creativity and design a project once a quarter
Every student will have a Book Chart to place a sticker on every time they finish a book!
At the end of every month we will count how many books we have read as a class and display it.
I have these in a PDF and an editable PowerPoint.
On the PDF, I have a link to my Google Slideshow!
In this slidesshow, students will:
Design their cover page to reflect them as a reader
Reading interest survey
Set goals for themselves about how many books they want to read
Record their reading after every book and give it a rating
Learn about different genres of reading
Create a TBF (to be read) list
End of the quarter reflections
I also have links on the slideshow for teachers. These links will show you how I use Padlet in the classroom to build a community of readers, how students use their Weebly portfolios to blog about their reading, and how I use my classroom website to set up biweekly book chats!
Would you like to try this in your classroom? Click HERE and you can download it for free:)
Thanks for stopping by!