Monday, September 2, 2013

Currently, Habits of a Good Reader, and Motivate Me Monday!

This is a busy post!  Thanks for joining us today!  Hope you've got time today on this day off to read through with us!!  First up is Currently with Farley.  Can't believe it is September already!

Sarah's Currently

Tamra's Currently
Habits of a Good Reader...

This past week, during our first week of school, we've worked to build Habits of Good Readers with our new classes.  From observing our kiddos, we can see our work will be the perfect springboard into Daily 5 and Read to Self.  We've been able to see how our kiddos interact with books and think this group of kiddos to be highly motivated readers!!  Here's a bit about how it looked in our classrooms, as adapted from Kathy Collins' book Growing Readers.

 We read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books and talked about good and bad ways to handle books in the classroom.  Next, our kiddos had free time reading books from the classroom library and practiced putting book back into their correct bin.

Next, we read Reading Makes You Feel Good and took a look at many different materials readers read.  We showed examples like newspapers, menus, and brochures.  After thinking about how readers read more than just books, the kiddos took some time to read some magazines from the classroom library.

We love this silly story to introduce how readers need to protect their reading time.  As a class, we discussed actions that would disrupt our reading time.  Then we modeled together the negative things like talking, walking around, and wandering eyes.  After showing each negative action, we practiced together the positive action. 
For this day, we had the kiddos bring in their favorite book to share with the class.  Tamra and I love Olivia, so we shared it with the class.  We talked about why that book was their favorite, noticed what kinds of books each other liked, and took some time for the kiddos to share their book with a partner. 

We wrapped up the week with this fun fishy story (to go with our O'fish'ally in First Grade theme)!  Before we started reading, we chatted with our kiddos about how readers think about the story as they hear it or read it.  We encouraged them to practice this as we read The Bravest Fish.  After we finished reading, we had the kiddos fill our the organizer below. 

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Thanks for reading through to see our funny for today!  We are loving our extra day this weekend, so we thought we would find something to give us a little giggle today!  Have a great day off!!

Oh, the joys of First Grade!!


  1. I found you thorugh Oh' Boy 4th Grade's Currently link up.
    You all have an adorable blog! What a treasure to instill good reading habits in little ones...It definitely helps us with the kids that are a little bit older!
    Great post!
    The Polka-dotted Teacher

    1. Thank you, Jessica for stopping by and for the sweet comments. Have a super week!

  2. This is a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your class' Habits of a Good Reader. The Judith Viorst book looks like one I need to pick up--Growing Readers as well. Thanks for the freebie, too!

    All the best for a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

    1. Yes, you'd love both of these. The Debbie Miller book is WONDERFUL. It works well instruction wise with Daily 5.

  3. I'm glad you're loving your students this year...I'm really excited about my class too! And I love Growing Readers! It's such a great framework. Happy Labor Day!

    Carolina Teacher

    1. Super! Glad to hear that you also like Growing Readers! Have a nice week with your students!

  4. LOVE the funny..."My dad wants one. My mom says no." LOL.
    Getting my Motivate Me Monday ready to post...
    Smart Kids

  5. Love your ideas for teaching Habits of a Good Reader! I do similar lessons, but am going to add some of yours this year. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great Labor Day!

    Compassionate Teacher

    1. Sounds great! It's always fun to teach good reading habits! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Great mentor texts for reading! I'll be pinning this for later reference. Thanks!!

  7. So much great information in this post-- I'll be sharing some similar ideas later this week too! Teaching reading is just so great!!
    Learning to the Core

    1. Thank you, Aylin! We will look out for it! Have a nice day tomorrow back to work.

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