Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Super Book Shopper of the Week

We want our students to pick "good fit books" independently, right?  We can't always be standing over their shoulder watching the books they pick from our classroom library or the school library.  It's that time of year in 1st grade where EVERY student wants to be reading chapter books.  I love their ambition, but it's just not doable.

Every student is different and my students know when they are ready for chapter books. I STILL have some students picking chapter books on their book shopping day when they are not ready to read that difficult of a book (it drives me nuts).  Because... that means during Daily 5 they are sitting there during Read to Self struggling over every single word and probably don't even read 2 sentences in 15 minutes.

You can download the Book Shopping tracker {here}

Here are some Pinterest ideas for picking good fit books (click the picture):

To help my students get motivated to pick books that are just right for them...... I started a little competition this week.  Here's what the winner will get...

At the end of each week, I look through their book boxes and I check to see who has a box full of "good fit books".  I pick 2 students per week and those Super Book Shoppers get a cute little necklace to wear and they also get to go "shopping" in my prize box!  It's a great motivator!


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Deb said...

Love it! Thanks. :)

Not very fancy

Tara said...

What a cute and fun idea! Do you think that would work for 4th graders??? I have those same struggles....I have 4 ELL students and some struggling readers who are only reading at a second grade level....then others reading 5th...we have done the "just right" "I pick" lessons but I still have some who don't take the time to get the right books...they just grab:/ I LOVE to read so much and would love nothing better than to instill that in my kiddos....any thoughts? Thanks for sharing:)
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Angela Hevron said...

What an adorable idea! Kids always want to choose books that are way too easy for them, and this solves that problem. I definitely want to try this when I get back to teaching in Texas.

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My Carolina Classroom said...

Great idea!! I'll definitely be trying this.

Sarah R ;) said...

How do you know what your levels are for your non-leveled books. I see that you have it organized so well...I would like to do that but I don't know the levels of my "teacher" books. I just know the ones that give them in guided reading groups that are from our guided reading library.

The Lemonade Stand said...

I am so glad you posted this! My students are the same way! Thanks for the ideas!!!


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