Monday, July 21, 2014

Reading Portfolios - Part 2: Anchor Charts {+ freebie}

Yesterday I introduced my new Reading Portfolios that I am so excited to use this year. Click here if you missed this post on "Reading Logs & Stats" and to grab a "My Reading Milestones" freebie!!
Today I thought I would share a bit about my Reading Anchor Charts. This is the second section in my reading portfolios. 
(By the way, I created divider sheets, which I copied on colored cardstock, to separate the different sections.)
The "Reading Anchor Charts" section includes anchor charts for different reading strategies and skills. During reading mini-lessons students can use these pages to take notes. Then they will have them to refer back to when they are reading and completing their responses.

Here are a couple more samples...
{Click on either picture above to grab these freebies!}

In this product, I also provided examples of suggested notes for each of these pages to help guide mini-lessons. 

For more details on my Reading Portfolios, visit my TpT page. Check out the preview to read the Teacher's Guide and to see what else is included. Also, come back tomorrow for more information on Parts 3 & 4: Independent & In-Class Reading Responses.

For the next 3 days my Reading Portfolio will be on sale for 15% off!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reading Portfolios - Part 1: Reading Logs & Stats {+ freebie}

For a long time, I have been thinking about ways to further encourage my students' independent reading. I want them to take ownership and pride in their reading-- set goals, celebrate accomplishments, and most of all, enjoy reading!

In my dream world, my classroom would be a place where my students would simply read for the enjoyment of reading. However, in the real world, lessons need to be taught, tests need to be taken, and grades need to be given.

MY CHALLENGE: How can my students enjoy reading, while still being held accountable for what they read, understand, and learn.?

Portfolios are a place where individuals can showcase their learning, experience, and above all, things that they are proud of. So, over the past few months I have been creating a Reading Portfolio for my students to use to showcase their reading....
This Reading Portfolio is divided into 4 parts, and for the sake of not overwhelming (because there IS a lot), I wanted to share one part at a time. My favorite part of this Reading Portfolio are the Logs & Stats pages....
These logs and stats pages are a place where students can set goals, reflect on their reading habits, and track their progress. Here are a sample of some of those pages...
  • My Reading Goals is a place where students record their reading goals for the month, quarter, trimester, semester, or any other given period of time. Students can modify or create new goals throughout the year.
  • My Reading Stamina is chart to be completed at the beginning of the school year, as students build their reading stamina. This allows them to track their growth over the first weeks of school.

  • My Daily Reading Status is where students will track their own reading each day. It's a student version of "Status of the Class". While I will still do "Status of the Class" each day, I wanted my students to have a place to track their own reading.
  • My Completed Books Log is where students will keep track of books they complete.

  •  My Monthly AR Stats: At the end of each month, students should visit their AR account to record the number of books they read, points earned, average levels and scores, and number of words read. This page can be completed, comparing month to month, or students can also keep a cumulative record.
  • My Reading MilestonesThis is a place where students can record and celebrate the different reading milestones that they hit for the number of books read and AR points earned! CLICK HERE FOR THIS FREEBIE!

  • My Reading Wish List is where students keep a list of books they would like to read throughout the year.
  • My Top Ten:  where students can rank their top 10 favorite books. This version can be used with post-its throughout the year, that can be moved as their rankings change
For more details on my Reading Portfolios, visit my TpT page. Check out the preview to read the Teacher's Guide and to see what else is included. Also, come back tomorrow for more information on Part 2: Reading Anchor Charts!

For the next 4 days my Reading Portfolio will be on sale for 15% off!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


About a week out of school, and I am already thinking about next year!!! What.Is.Wrong.With.Me??? Normally, I give myself a few weeks before I allow the next school year to sneak into my summer vacation. However, I have a new challenge ahead of me next year, and need all the time I can get. I have taught 4th grade for the last 4 years, and was finally getting into a groove. Then, at the end of this year, I was hit with the news that I will be teaching a 4th/5th split next year. While, I am always up for something new and excited about the change,  I know that I am going to face challenges along the way. The first one recently hit me, when I realized that I will be looping several students, and that they have already been exposed to my collection of back-to-school activities. Realizing that I was going to have to reinvent the wheel, after 4 years of the same thing, I decided to create a whole new set of back-to-school activities....
This product is available on Teachers Pay Teachers and includes a variety of get-to-know-you activities, and other items to help start the school year. Here is a preview of some of my favorites....
For more info. and a more extensive preview, visit my TpT Page!!

Happy Back-to-School Planning!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Interactive Reader's Response Notebook

Now that summer is finally here, I have the chance to look back and reflect on my school year. There are many things that went really well, and there are always things that I would still like to perfect. One success of the school year was using Interactive Notebooks in reading and math. I loved using them to introduce, reinforce, and practice new concepts and skills. In reading, I would have liked for my students to have a place in their notebooks to respond to novels we read in class. So, for next year, I created an Interactive Reader's Response Notebook...
I plan to continue using other reading notebook pages to introduce the skills and strategies outlined in the Common Core Standards. Then, to practice and reinforce these strategies and skills, I plan to use response pages with novels that we read in class. The following cover page will be used at the start of each new novel that we read....
Here is a sample of response pages that I plan to use....
I also created a book review page to close out each novel....

I can't wait to get started "notebooking" again next year. Visit my TpT page for more info.

For the next 2 days, this new product will be 20% off!!!

Happy Notebooking!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Countdown to Summer

We are down to 12 days left before summer {but who's couting?!} Where has the time gone??!!

This time of the year is a crazy one! We performed our class play last Friday, we have Open House this Thursday, our big field trip is next week, and of course there are projects to grade, report cards to complete, and a room to clean and pack up, all by June 6th!!!

If you are like me, you are probably looking for ways to fill the time, while keeping your students engaged, and giving them the chance to reflect and reminisce at the end of the year.

To celebrate the end of the year, and to prepare for SUMMER, I created "Countdown to Summer" activities for my students to complete during the final 10 days of school....
Each day for the last 10 days, I will randomly pick one activity for my students to complete...
The following pages are included...
Each activity is available for grades 2 to 6. 

This product is available at my TpT Store for 15% off for the next week!! 

Can't wait to start my own countdown on Thursday!!!!

Happy Countdown!!!