Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Reader Responses

Happy Wednesday!

It's Workshop Wednesday time with Jivey!

Today's Workshop? Reader Responses!

A lot of times, I'll have my kids respond to reading using a graphic organizer. A good portion of the time, I make my own, and I make sure I put a place to explain their thinking.

I've also got these great ones from fellow teachers (Plus all the free ones out there!)

Reading With Post-Its

Common Core Reading Informational Text Graphic Organizers

4th Grade Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core

Mini Graphic Organizers

Once a week, we also do an 'open response' response, using questions from our Source Books to respond to.

The kids have a notebook for this (of course!), although next year I'm going to combine their Reader Response notebook with their Vocabulary notebook (and perhaps Mentor Sentences?) into a 3-Subject Notebook so their desks are a little less cluttered.

They have to have a table of contents in their notebook-labeled with the date, title and page number.
 We've talked a lot about what makes a good reader response and they've practice it using fun picture books, as well as reviewed the key ideas of writing a good response once a week.

But with everything, some are better
than others
Just so you don't think my kids are amazing in everything they do...although I think they come pretty close ;)
We'll continue working on this!

How do you do Reader Responses?

~My 1 year blogiversary is coming up! (hard to believe!) Does anyone want to help me with a giveaway? If you do, please email me (or leave a comment) by Friday, May 24th. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday's Outfit

Sweater: Maurice's (which came off very quickly!)
Shirt: Old Navy
Tank, Skirt, Shoes: Target

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Thanks so much for linking up! Graphic Organizers are the best!! :) I like the idea of doing a 3-subject notebook! Also, I'd be happy to contribute to your giveaway!
    ideas by jivey

  2. We are exploring the use of reading notebooks and reading responses for next year. My district started balanced literacy this year so our number one priority was getting the structure of the overall workshop down and also the structure of the mini-lesson. We also put a huge focus into getting the kiddos reading for extended periods during independent reading time. So now our next step is notebooking. I am reading a wonderful book called Notebook Connections by Amiee Buckner. It is an easy read and has some great information about reading notebooks. She also has a writing notebook one as well.
    Thanks for writing this post. I love seeing how people use reading notebooks. :)

  3. I agree! Graphic organizers are great for organizing thoughts. I like the table of contents idea and need to try that next year. I would also love to help out with your giveaway. Congratulations!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. I love how honest you were with your "some are better than others!" Too cute and too true! That's the life of a teacher. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. I also like the idea of a 3 subject notebook for reading. I use one for my writer's workshop so this would be natural transition for my 4th graders. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. Thank you so much Kaitlyn for the shout out! I do love my Reading With Post-Its-I use them for everything! I like your idea of the 3 subject notebook. I've always binded my own Reader's Notebooks, but this year I used a binder. I love the binder to be able to add stuff, but too big to carry home each night.
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. Thank you so much for the shout out about my graphic organizers! Such a sweet surprise! I hope to better utilize my reader's notebooks next year. I like your table of contents.

    Teaching Fourth


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