Have I mentioned my love for Post-its yet? Love them and so do kids! They can be a great motivational tool in the classroom. Here’s a way you can use them to make sure students are engaged during silent reading time.
During silent reading time hand students post-it notes. Explain that reading is thinking & good readers make connections with what they are reading.
While they read they need to jot down either:
– text to text connections (this reminds me of a book or character called…… because …..)
– text to self connections they can make (something similar happened to me…I know someone who reminds of…I have a dog just like….)
At the end of silent reading time they can share with the rest of the class any connections they made with their books.
You can leave this chart up in your room for students to continually add to it throughout the term.