Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
- Supplies needed for Reading Response Journals
- Step by step how to introduce Reading Response Journals
- How to take Reading Response Journals to the Next Level
- Reading Response Projects
Book of the Week: The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
Why we love this book:
It’s fun and it celebrates books. What better way to start Reading Response Journals?! I read to my kiddos every day (just like I did in the classroom). I like to do a read aloud each day and then follow with a reading mini-lesson. The Wonderful Book is light and silly. Perfect for reading aloud to children.
One Sunny Day, Rabbit spies something wonderful in the woods. (It’s a book.) Rabbit makes the something wonderful a cozy home and wriggles right in. Until a big growly bear comes along and turns it into a hat. He struts around happily until he loses it searching for snacks. The book travels from animal to animal and takes on many forms. Until a child finds the book and begins reading aloud. Soon, all of the animals gather around and all decide it is a wonderful book. What better message is there than a wonderful book message?
Step by Step Lessons – Reading Response Journals
I originally did a series on Reading Response Journals a couple of years ago. In the past, Miss Enigma did a simplified version of Reading Response Journals. This year she is 6-years old and we are officially diving into independent reading and Reading Response Journals. Since I’m busy gathering up supplies and planning lessons for myself, I thought I would do one post linking to all of the Reading Response lessons. If you click on the links in this post, you’ll find the step-by-step lessons, helpful hints, organization ideas, samples and FREE printables.
Planning Ahead Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
1. Notebook: inexpensive spiral notebook, blank paper bound into a notebook or reading response paper bound into a notebook
3. Colored Pencils, crayons, or markers
4. Books, Books, Books
- fiction, nonfiction, easy, just right and challenge books
Planning Ahead Step 2: How to Organize Your Books
Book shelves are actually hard to keep tidy and they make it hard to locate books. Our books are organized by category. Sorting the books into categories and having them all face forward makes them much easier to browse through and to keep organized. One box is left empty, designating it for library books. This makes locating and returning library books much less of a hassle.
Step by Step How to Introduce Reading Response Journals
- How to read quietly and independently for 15 minutes. “Silent Reading” is unrealistic for young children. A better approach is to teach the children how to read in a quiet voice.
- How to write the date and the title of the book.
- “Draw a picture of your story.” I set high expectations for the quality of printing and illustrations.
mini-lesson 1 continued: How to Create and Organize Book Boxes for Children
mini lesson 2: Introducing Reading Response Prompts
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.
- Before reading, I tell the children I want 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.
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.)
mini-lesson 3: Teaching Children How to make a good book choice.
- Introduce the concept of Easy, Just Right and Challenge books.
- Children learn how make their own book choices each day.
mini- lesson 4: How to Take Reading Response Journals to the Next Level
- Read Aloud
- Introduce Double Entry Reading Response: I like the part about ___________. WHY?
- Before reading the book aloud, I tell the children they will each share their favorite part of the story and they’ll have to explain WHY that is their favorite part. The “WHY” is the important part!
mini-lesson 5: Reading Response Project for Older Children
Reading Response Journals evolve as children become more familiar with reading responses and begin to read more advanced books.
- Do a Book Talk allowing children to make their own book selection
- While reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, MacGyver kept note of important characters, the setting, the problem and the solution to the story.
- In his reading response journal MacGyver wrote a summary of the book.
- I edited the corrections.
- MacGyver typed his summary in publisher.
- I taught MacGyver how to type, insert photos and cut & paste in Publisher. He created a comprehensive notebook on Island of the Blue Dolphins. This notebook greatly increased his understanding of the story.
We’re GIVING AWAY one Hardcover Copy of The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What book do you think is the most wonderful book? It doesn’t have to be a kid’s book. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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