Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Boxed Set Lilly and Friends Box of Fun by Kevin Henkes
Why we love these books:
Kevin Henkes’ series about Lilly and her friends is charming, witty, funny and true to life. Both adults and children can relate to these remarkably “real” characters. From Lilly and her friends, children learn lessons about how to treat others, while also building a little self-esteem of their own.
During our series on Reading Response Journals, we will be stocking the classroom and home with great children’s literature for read alouds and independent reading. Let’s get your children reading Lilly and friends . . .
Reading Response Journals: mini-lesson 2
- inexpensive spiral or reading response paper.
- Print paper FREE: Reading Response Paper
- pencils, colored pencils, crayons or markers
- books, books, books
- reading response strip: I like the part about ___________________.
- Print Reading Response Prompts FREE: Reading Response Strips
- Just a few prompts to get you started during the first few months. I’ll add to these choices as the weeks progress.
mini-lesson 2: I like the part about __________________.
1. Read aloud
- I read aloud to the children every day.
- Often, I pick the book to teach a specific literacy concept.
- Other times, I select a book related to our theme studies.
- Sometimes the children pick! This day Miss Enigma picked the book Katie and the Dinosaurs by James Mayhew.
- Before I began reading, I told the children I wanted them to keep an eye out for their favorite part of the story, “Today you are going to pick your favorite part of the story. When the story is over, we’ll each share our favorite part.”
2. Reading Response
- I like the part about _____________________.
- For homeschool, I write these reading responses on small strips of paper for my children to copy.
- In the classroom, I write these reading responses on a sentence strip and post it for all of the children to copy.
Reading Response Journal, MacGyver, age 8
Reading Response Journal, Miss Enigma, age 4
- For homeschool, these reading response strips can be run on card stock. As the reading responses are introduced they can be added to a book ring. (I’ve made these for you, if you’d like to print them for FREE.)
- In the classroom, I laminate a large sheet of chart tablet paper so I can use it over and over again. Every Monday, I introduce a new reading response. I lead the class through a read aloud and shared writing experience, modeling how to complete the new reading response.
4. Independent Reading and Response (throughout the week)
- At the beginning of our reading block each day, I read aloud a book and review the reading response of the day.
- Each day, the children select a book for independent reading time.
- The children read quietly for 15 minutes.
- Each child completes the assigned reading response and draws a corresponding illustration.
- Allowing younger children to illustrate first, helps them brainstorm and collect their thoughts before writing.
- If you are teaching children third grade or older, they may not want to do an illustration. Older children tend to naturally transition out of drawing. That’s a good time to move them into an inexpensive spiral notebook.
- As the weeks progress, I will introduce double entry reading responses in which the children will have to explain their reading response. Example: I like the part about ___________________. I like this part because ________________________.
- Don’t worry about this now. We’ll come back to it later.
- Additionally, as the weeks progress and the children become familiar with three or four reading responses, I introduce FREE Choice Friday. Each Friday the children can select any reading response they’d like.
- Miss Enigma, age 4, is invited to join us for reading time; however she is not required to complete the assignments.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one Boxed Set Lilly and Friends Box of Fun by Kevin Henkes.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Are you currently reading a book? What is your favorite part? Around here picture books count! Let’s face it, Mommies don’t get a lot of free reading time. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 18, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 19, 2011. Check back it might be you!
In case you missed it:
Reading Response Journal mini-lesson 1: How to Introduce Reading Response Journals