New Reading Resources

My grade-level partner and I have been thinking about revamping our reading and writing programs. To help us develop new ideas we are reading a variety of books about literacy this summer. I just finished a great book called The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom by Leslie Blauman:

As usual, when I read a book about teaching, I find wonderful new ideas. At the same time, ideas from the book often spark other ideas of my own. After reading this book I developed the following new reading resources:

1. In the book, the author describes her students' Book Lover's Books (BLB). These journal-like books are the foundation of her Reading-Writing Classroom. One of the first sections in the BLB is "Comprehension Strategies". I created blank pages for the different comprehension (thinking) strategies that she mentions. These will be used for note-taking. 

Comprehension Strategy Pages: 

2. Another section that the Blauman includes in her Book Lover's Books is a Vocabulary section. Based on her ideas, I created a Vocabulary Organizer for students to use when they come across words they do not know.

3. One of the last sections in Blauman's Book Lover's Books is a glossary of literary terms. I created one of my own.

4. This next one I have seen, heard, and read about in so many different places. Status of the Class. My grade-level partner used a form of this last year and the results were amazing. It encouraged student accountability and provided motivation for her students to read. I decided to give it a try next year, so I created one of my own. 

5. Finally, based on more ideas from Blauman's book, I created the following lists:

Shopping List- This is a place where my students can write down books that they would like to have added to our classroom library.

Student Favorites- This is place where my students can write down books that they read and loved, and which they want to recommend to their classmates. 

Teacher Favorites- This is a place where I will record my favorites!

All of these will be put on clipboards and added to my classroom library.

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  1. Fabulous resources! thanks for sharing them!
    Sounds like an excellent resource.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I am creating/revamping a Daily 5 Notebook for my students to use this year, and these will make great additions.

    I'll have to keep my eyes open for this book!


  3. Thanks for sharing. I think the BLB's will be a great place to leave growth producing feedback.

  4. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing and now another book to add to my summer reading list!
    A cool way I show off my favorites with in my spinning book display I bought with Scholastic points. You can see my sign in the margins of the 1st classroom photo. I changed them out each month depending on topic and/or genre. I love it! Will def. add the student sheets this year!

  5. WOW! I must have lost your blog amidst the name change but I am following now and finding some great resources. Thank you so much for being so generous. I think you may have a spelling error on the very last page of the comprehensive strategies. I could be wrong though.
    Thanks again!
    Lessons Learned

  6. Thanks Sydney for letting me know. There definitely was a typo! I'll have it fixed soon!

  7. I bought this book last month and had not opened it yet. Your post just gave me the push I needed to begin reading. Thank you for being so generous and sharing your resources.

  8. Chanda, let me know what you think when you're don reading it!

  9. I spent the entire summer pouring through Leslie's book with my wonderful friends and 4th/5th grade colleagues. We have completely revamped our reading program and now center our work around really amazing literature and the student generated BLBs. The kids love it, we love it, and we all feel we are truly connecting with our readers! A substitute teacher to my classroom came across your blog and wanted to share this with me...she felt as though you and I could be twin teachers! I agree! Your blog is a wealth of info, and, even before reading this section, it was obvious you are familiar with Blauman's work! Thanks for your willingness to share are truly one-in-a-million! Also...I'd love to hear how this is working for your kids sometime!

  10. I just finished and am so inspired by this book as well. I'm trying to figure out if I should "do it all" next year and dive in or just do a few parts. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have pictures of how yours turned out? Do you have recommendations for how much paper to put in which sections? Where do you find the paper w/o holes that she talks about. I am going to blog about my experience implementing this book in my third grade classroom. When I have it all set up, I will share! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work. I am truly inspired!