If you have your students selecting good fit books and reading independently, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. It’s okay, I’ll wait!
Helping students discover a love for reading is perhaps one of the most difficult challenges an upper grades teacher can face (primary grades, I know you have your students, too!). By the time students hit fourth grade, they’ve already made up their mind on whether or not reading for enjoyment is for them. Taking those students and helping them rediscover (or discover for the first time) a love for reading might be one of the most fulfilling moments of being a reading teacher! So, now that your students are reading independently, how can we get them to think as they read?
I know I’m not the only who’s students are OBSESSED with sticky notes! You give them permission to use them and they are flying all over the place. Unfortunately, the fun stops there. If you take one of those sticky notes and actually pay attention to what the students are using it for, you *might* discover that their thinking isn’t that impressive after all (or maybe you’ve been working really hard with your students and it is impressive.. which is great! You can still use this!).
What if we could get them to think about what they read **AS** they are reading? NO worksheets, NO multiple choice quizzes… just them, their book, a pencil, and a sticky note. There is a way… and it’s not that difficult to prep. All you need is a printer and sticky notes. All the planning is done for you! Add sticky notes to your supply list or you can order them in bulk from Amazon. I usually have the students bring them in. Included in the resource is a test page to send through your printer to ensure your sticky notes are placed on the correct side of the paper. Once you have your supplies together, the rest is a breeze!
You will probably want to choose a skill you are working on or that the students are familiar with. I am planning on making additional sets, but right now you can click the link below to discover the skills included in my first set.
Once that is determined, you can place your sticky notes on your printout (included in the resource), place it in your printer, and press PRINT!
In this graphic above, I have multiple stickies on one page. This was only for preview purposes. Your stickies will have the same skill repeated SIX times. Take a look below for a preview.
Gone are the days of students completing worksheets as they read, sticky notes with the exact words from the book, and students finishing a book and not being able to tell the class a thing about it! This resource is ready to be used in your classroom today! CLICK HERE to download now! 🙂 See something missing? Email me, and I can add it!
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