Mon Nov 21, 2011 17:57 (XFF:

I teach first grade and I struggle like most others with the selection of texts for silent reading. My young readers tend to aspire to read the more interesting chapter books rather than the less interesting leveled books they have to choose from. Resources at my school are slim, and it's hard to find enough lower leveled books to put in their SSR reading baskets. I also find that my students seem to read aloud even during silent reading time. I'm constantly reminding them to read in their head. I've been given a class set of whisper phones recently and they seem to love them. Those that need to be able to hear themselves when they read are able to do so. We don't spend more than 10 minutes a day reading silently at this point. I gradually increase this amount of time as the year progresses. One important factor that I pulled from this chapter is the importance to model silent reading tasks for my students. I have always grouped the books by level and had my student pull from a certain colored basket. I've never modeled or taught them how to choose a book on their reading level.

  • Re: Self-Selected Readings - langem, Sun Nov 20 21:24
    Like most, I struggle in my classroom with my students selecting the best books to read independently. I think that my students, third graders, like to pick the harder books or chapter books because... more
    • Re: Self-Selected Readings - Stacy Durham, Sat Nov 26 00:11
      I also found the mini lessons in this chapter useful. It was especially helpful to have the book titles to go along each. The list of websites was also informative and had many electronic texts which ... more
    • self-selected - lockwoodre, Mon Nov 21 18:13
      I have a huge variety of books for students at 5th grade level and below to third grade level. However, I do struggle with text for readers at 1st and 2nd grade level. The covers are so influential... more
      • interest survey - lanierrm1, Mon Nov 21 18:22
        I did a reading interest survey part of the way through last year. I meant to begin with it this year and forgot. I may do it here soon because it does give you good insight about what interest them... more
        • Re: interest survey - redingerj, Sat Nov 26 08:09
          I like the ownership and seeking of information that an interest survey can convey. This is something I could do with each child in my pre-k clasroom- or send home as "homework" to find out more... more
        • i meant - lanierrm1, Mon Nov 21 18:23
          Some of them might find some of them to little kidish for them but some of them don't and are good books.
    • SSR - masonvf, Mon Nov 21 17:57
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