Mon Nov 21, 2011 18:13 (XFF:

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 for students. If the cover looks good, students will read it. The artwork is really important to the students. I also struggle with students picking books that are too difficult for them to read independently. They are reading it independently and I don't want to tell a student what books to pick. I struggle with telling students what to read independently and helping them pick out books they may be interested in reading. I have found helping them in the media center to pick out books a big help. I also check out books from the library on my own and give students books I think they might enjoy and can read based on an interest survey.

  • 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
      • 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
      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... more
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