My students have Independent Reading time daily. I try to make it a special time for the kiddos by letting them choose a cozy spot and giving them a comfy pillow. I also make sure I have plenty of fun books. It is often their favorite time of the day!
But reading really is pretty important, and I have a fun, quick way for the children respond to their books. Are you ready for a bright idea?
Although I have several strategies for checking for understanding in response to Independent Reading time, this is a quick one I use often. It doesn't replace the need for deep book conversations or detailed Book Reviews. It's just a quick response.
It starts with a Post It.
My kiddos each have a Post it pad in their book boxes just for this purpose! Many kids struggle using Post its, so I make it as easy as possible for them.
I replace the backing with a red square as a reminder: don't use that side. (It also helps them find their own!)
I have them write on the Post it while it's still on the pad.
What they write depends on the prompt. I'll ask them a variety of questions, depending on what we're studying.
- They might draw the setting.
- They might write 3 adjectives to describe the main character.
- They might write a general statement about the story.
- They could be asked about the Author's purpose.
I'm sure you can think of many more responses that would fit on a Post it!
Sometimes I tell them the topic before we read.
Sometimes I don't tell them until after we read.
Here comes the really easy part:
That's it! I've had these same charts for years, and I just keep using them for exit slips! It's easy to see who wrote what, and who hasn't responded yet!
Sometimes I have the children share with the whole class what they wrote. Sometimes I have them share with a small group, and sometimes they don't share at all!
It's quick and easy, and there are plenty of possibilities.
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