I wanted to share today how I set up and use reading notebooks in my class. We are a notebook based class in a lot of subjects (Social Studies-we use a lot!, Math-not so much-still trying to figure this one out with a math program!, Mentor Sentences/Language, and a Numbers Notebook!).
On their supply list for school, I have each student get a 3 subject notebook. I always pick up a couple extra in case someone doesn't have it-or I get a new student in the middle of the year! (The new student will just pick up where we left off-I won't have them go back and redo entries-although that certainly is an option)
Some kids can't find a 3-subject and pick up a 5-subject-that's fine too.
Our 3 sections in our notebooks are Reading Notes, 40 Book Challenge/Reader Response and Word Study/Vocab. You might find that you need a different 3 sections-but I've found that this works really well for me.
One thing I added this year was a set of notebook expectations, as well as grading their notebooks. We spend a lot of time in these, and it's also a good indicator of how well they are paying attention while we work in them.
Notebook expectations are clearly laid out and are the same for every notebook. Students have a label in their front cover to remind them of the criteria.
|I used 2 by 4 Avery Shipping Labels.|
Our first section is where we take our notes on the different skills.
Nicole Shelby's Reading Notebook for this. Sometimes, I'll make additions to the pages, so the students have an example to go by.
|Our most recent skill|
|Nicole Shelby's contribution|
|My addition-so the kids know how to set it up!|
I do not introduce a skill using this (although you could certain do so), but will sometimes use it as an additional teaching lesson after I have introduced it (this is what we did for synthesizing-our notebook entry was day 2 or 3).
Our next section is all about our 40 book challenge and our reader responses.
here and here.
The first half of this section is all about our 40 book challenge-although we are doing a little iffy with it-that's one thing I'll work on improving for next year.
The next part of this section is all about the reader responses.
I've taught the kids different ways they can respond to writing, and we have little templates in our notebooks.
|We all used the Grinch for this one|
|They picked their own story|
|They used a Scholastic News-but had a choice of which article|
Our last section is our Word Study/Vocab section.
In past years, I've used Laura Candler's vocab foldable, but I'm doing things a little differently this year (and will continue to improve on it for next year)
The first part of this section is where we work on our root words, meanings and examples.
the Brown Bag Teacher's Greek and Latin Root of the Week for this.
Next, we work on prefixes and suffixes.
The last part of this section is the vocab. This comes from our reading series (Literacy by Design), and I'll admit that we've done kind of stinky with this part-something to work on!
|Hmmm-this student wasn't paying complete attention-characteristic is spelled wrong!|
That's our reading notebook! We are definitely using it more than last year, and I can't wait to see the improvements for next year.
This is a good system for us-I like to set it up as a resource that the kids could keep and use in future years-as well as seeing some examples of their work. They certainly enjoy working on them in class!
Smiles and Sunshine,