RE 5040 Fall 2011
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re: Sarah/Kara
Mon Dec 12, 2011 09:43

Two great ideas that I took away from your study are the bag-a-books idea and the book share idea. I love that your boys were able to select books they were interested in, and have them right in a bag with them. I have used book boxes with my students before, but have found that they take up a lot of space, so the bag idea sounds appealing to me. Also, I love the "book share" idea of giving a preview of different books in your classroom library to spark interest. Usually the books I read for "fun" are books that friends recommend to me, so it makes sense that adding this element to your daily routing would help to give all of your students more interest in reading. Did you try to keep the books they were reading on their reading levels, or was there more of a focus on the interest area they were reading?

  • Sarah Hutson/ Kara Scott - koppenhaverd, Tue Nov 8 21:10
    Discuss Sarah and Kara's presentation on engaging boys in SSR here.
    • re: engaging boys in SSR - Ginger Landers, Wed Dec 14 22:42
      I liked that you let your boys chose their books based on their interests - that seems like it is the biggest motivator to read in itself! I also like the "bag a books" that you used. I think... more
    • re: Sarah/Kara - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 09:43
      • one more thing - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 15:08
        One more question I have... Was it hard to find books for first graders that were of interest to them? I know that materials for beginning readers have gotten much better over the past few years, but ... more
        • Re MaryBeth - Kara Scott , Tue Dec 13 07:40
          I used the school library, Reading A-Z books online, and then I bought some from the book store. It is was hard to find some books at their reading levels (DRA Levels 4-6), but having access to... more
    • Re: Sarah Hutson/ Kara Scott - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 20:47
      Nice presentation. I like your "bag-a-books" idea and that you gave them an interest survey so they would be more motivated to read the books in their bag. Nearly all of your participants increased... more
      • RE - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 12 07:34
        I do plan on using this concept in different forms throughout the year and my self selected reading time.
    • Book Shares - Whitney Fisher, Sun Dec 11 14:28
      I like how you had a few different ways to gauge how students were doing. You had them fill out a survey, retell to the teacher, and take part in a book club. When the boys met together did the... more
      • RE - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 12 07:32
        At first I did model for the students, but after the first week the students were able to lead their own discussion.
        • Re: RE - whitney fisher, Tue Dec 13 17:54
          I have noticed that students really like being in charge and most students enjoy the responsibility of being able to lead the group. It's a way of transferring responsibility over to the students.... more
      • Re: Book Shares - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 20:50
        Whitney, I agree. This is a great strategy- boys need the time and support, especially at a young age, to share books, read stories they are interested in, and have models of differnt ways to respond ... more
    • Boys' and SSR - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:08
      I was looking forward to listening and watching your presentation as I knew we had the same topic. It is great to compare another group’s information and data to see how they compare. You also had... more
      • Re: Boys' and SSR - Whitney Fisher, Mon Dec 12 14:15
        Are book commercials kind of like a movie trailer? They explain the basic summary of the book with clips from movies. We used a book trailer in Dr. Moorman's class for The Book Thief presentation.
      • RE - Kara Scott, Fri Dec 9 16:52
        The boys did enjoy the books share. It was simple. We just gathered around the boys showed the book(title, author, genre), Read their favorite part, and then discussed if they would recomend the... more
    • Reply to Survey - atkinssh, Tue Dec 6 22:04
      Great job on your research and presentation! For the interest surveys that you asked your students to complete, did this include a question about how interested the students were in reading, in... more
      • RE - Kara Scott, Fri Dec 9 16:48
        Thank You. I did find that my boys like the non fiction, but they also had a great interest in superheros. The survey listed various items and the students could check for expample cars, animals,... more
        • Reply to Kara - atkinssh, Mon Dec 12 22:21
          That's interesting...superheros...that sounds like a typical "boy" topic! I just got some books in my classroom about bugs and other animals that do some disgusting things. My boys grabbed these... more
          • re: reply to kara - Ginger Landers, Wed Dec 14 22:45
            Yes, all those subjects seem to be interesting topics for boys - superheros, "gross" stuff, animals, science fiction, cars, etc. It is important to remember to include materials of interest for boys... more
    • Re: Sarah Hutson/ Kara Scott - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 19:10
      Great presentation! Engaging boys during SSR has always been a very tricky thing for me as well! I was fascinated about the book bags? Did that seem to have an affect on your boys?
    • boys reading interest - Tonya Isenhour, Mon Dec 5 20:59
      Did the boys chose a different bag of books weekly or did they have their own bag with a variety of books in the bag? I thought it was interesting in your presentation "that the boys were more... more
      • Re: boys reading interest - Kara Scott, Wed Dec 7 16:46
        I had tubs of books that I pulled based on the boys interest. They would trade out their books from those selections. The boys ranged in DRA reading levels from 4 to 12.
    • Motivating Boys; Reading Interest PPT - sarah patten, Mon Dec 5 18:29
      I love the "Bag-a-books" idea! Could the boys decorate a canvas bag to keep their books by telling the types of genres they like on the bag? (maybe also telling the boys' favorite books, character,... more
      • Bags - Marlee Wright, Sun Dec 11 22:01
        I really think that is a creative idea! I can see it being really motivational for girls and boys alike to have those bags that they use for their books. I also think that sharing the books that they ... more
      • Re: Motivating Boys; Reading Interest PPT - Kara Scott, Wed Dec 7 16:44
        I like your suggestion of creatig a bag for the students to carry their books in based on their interest.
        • Bags - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:10
          Neat idea! I have bags for my students, but I haven't thought of them creating a bag based off of their interest. I have my studetns decorate the cover of their writing journals that describe them... more
      • reply - sarah Hutson, Tue Dec 6 15:52
        I like the idea of canvas bags and allowing them to decorate the bags with fav books! Anything that will help them see reading as a fun, positive experience!
    • Rachel Hicks - Motivating Boy's Reading Interest, Mon Dec 5 18:03
      I liked that you asked the boys if they would recommend the book to others and that they had the opportunity to share their books with their peers. Did you ever ask the students why they don't like... more
      • RE - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:13
        Yes I did ask that question and response was often the books were too hard. I did go to the library and search for as many books at their level and long with their interest. I also purchased many... more
    • Reading Motivation - beasleylm, Sun Dec 4 20:19
      Great presentation! I think it is a very hard task to get boys motivated to read, so to do this at such a young age is great! I think if we can get students motivated in a young grade, it will stick... more
      • Motivation - Marlee Wright, Sun Dec 11 22:08
        I liked the strategies you used for motivation during your study - and I really liked what you DIDN'T use! When my kids were in elementary school the teachers really emphasized Accelerated Reader,... more
      • Re: Reading Motivation - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 19:15
        I thought about the same thing, motivating girls with materials that interest them. More and more schools are separating by gender for things like reading and science.
      • Re: Reading Motivation - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:14
        I have not tried this process with all my girls. I have used it with a couple of my young ladies reading chapter books. They read the same book and discuss it with one another.
    • Re: Sarah Hutson/ Kara Scott - Ashley Montgomery, Sun Dec 4 10:31
      Nice presentation ladies. I really liked that you gave your boys an interest survey and then created bags for them based on what they were interested in reading. Having them reflect on the book after ... more
      • another use of book bags - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 22:50
        Years ago we created book bags with communication symbols, puppets, and some ideas for parents of kids with disabilities. Parents loved them and used them. I wonder if your boys could take their... more
        • Re: another use of book bags - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 19:12
          One of my former co-workers even wrote a grant that funded the supplies for their book bags. If you want to continue to use that idea but worry about loosing supplies you may write a grant with... more
        • response to another use for the bags - sarah patten, Mon Dec 5 18:36
          I like taking the bags home or pretending the bags are taking a flight to an unknown destination..or a destination of the teacher's choice. The setting of the story would change making other... more
          • reply to Dr K - sarah Hutson, Tue Dec 6 15:50
            That is a great idea! Anything to further the motivation!!!
        • Reply - Kara Scott , Mon Dec 5 18:17
          My boys do take their books home and use those books for the homework response log. So they are reading the books and sharing them with other students along with reading the books to someone at home.
          • Reading Logs - burchamal, Thu Dec 8 16:01
            I have some boys that I must check everyday that they have completed a response log, because if I didn't, they wouldn't read. I think it's great that their reading should be paired with some type of... more
          • reading logs - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:14
            For your homework response logs- do the parents just sign it, or do you have them resond to a question or task? I switched over to the students selecting one question to answer out of a choice of... more
            • Re: reading logs - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 21:05
              I too used to have parents simply sign each night that their child read the book in their folder. This did accomplish repeated reading, however I wanted to have them work on comprehension too. So... more
              • Re: reading logs - crousejs, Thu Dec 15 21:21
                I use similar parent/teacher communication logs with my “Baggy Books” that I send home with children to read every night. The parent will write the title, initial whether they read to, with, or if... more
        • RE: - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 18:09
          What if you create a book club and only put the students together based on the types of books that they like. Then they can present the books that they read to the class as a group. In the group, a... more
          • RE: - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 20:59
            Great idea Rachel. I was thinking this would be a wonderful strategy to use with the whole class. Have everyone complete an interest survey, form groups based on similar interests, meet with the... more
          • Reply - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:18
            Good thought, almost like creating a group book jacket.
    • response to Sarah/Kara - Lori Vestal, Sat Dec 3 14:27
      I liked the way your boys were allowed to share at the end of their reading time. Do you think you will incorporate this into your regular classroom routine? I liked the idea of updating reading... more
      • Reply - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:19
        I have been thinking about this and maybe letting the students discuss the books with a partner or small group the last few minutes of self selected reading time.
      • reply - Sarah Hutson, Sun Dec 4 17:54
        The boys did show interest in the books that their peers were sharing...and yes, it has already been incorporated into our regular classroom routine ;)
        • other resources - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 22:47
          Dav Pilkey's books really seem to motivate boys' reading. He has a website worth checking out, too: . Several kids' authors contribute to another site that is helpful,... more
    • Response to Boys' Reading Interest - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 12:24
      Nice job on your presentation and research! I think many teachers have a hard time with engaging boys in reading. I like the idea of a book club and having the boys discuss it. I have some girls who... more
      • Re: Response to Boys' Reading Interest - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 21:14
        I think it can be difficult to keep students (boys & girls) engaged and motivated in general, if their opinion isn't taken into account. I find if I don't continuously switch the books in my book... more
      • Reply - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:21
        Most of my girls read above grade level and as I am moving them into small chapter books I am thinking about using this process with them too.
      • reply - sarah hutson, Sun Dec 4 17:52
        Yes, I think it would work with girls as well. As classroom teachers, we try not to divide them into groups of all boys and all girls, but dividing them based on interests for book clubs may be the... more
        • dividing class - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:17
          I agree and disagree a little- I first had some book clubs based off of only interest...and the discussion at the 5th grade level was not what it should have been, and I had a lot of misbehaving.... more
        • Re: reply - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:38
          I agree completely! There have been studies done which speak to how different boys and girls are. We read this book for a book study a few years ago titled Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax. It was... more
          • Splitting by gender - Rachel Hicks, Tue Dec 13 19:24
            I have a friend that has actually taught in a school where the classes are grouped by gender. She taught 3rd grade girls and she loved it. The type of stories that they read and the conversations... more
            • Re: Splitting by gender - whitney fisher , Tue Dec 13 22:37
              That would be a really interesting experience! I think in some ways it is helpful to have the gender differences. Boys and girls learn in different ways so sometimes they teach each other a strategy... more
            • Re: Splitting by gender - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 13 19:33
              I think I would LOVE the chance to teach just a classroom of girls! That would be such an enlightening experience!
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