- February 15, 2018 at 10:07 PM #45529
Has anyone ever planned a “Reading Day” where basically the whole day was spent reading? The reading would take a variety of forms. I have been toying with the idea (and have permission from our principal) but would love to have input on how this could look.
- February 16, 2018 at 11:38 AM #45538
I have hosted a “reading day” in the past for 3rd-4th grade. It was not a whole day event, but we read throughout the day for several hours. Students brought in their choice of books and I also had some nonfiction books and magazines selected for them to read. Students were permitted to bring in a blanket or a big pillow to create a comfortable reading environment. We also had a few snacks and hot chocolate (since it was a cold winter day).
- February 19, 2018 at 8:37 AM #45598
Betty YoderModeratorOriginal Poster@bettyyoder
Thank you, Crista, for those ideas! I am hoping for further input, so in an effort to generate more feedback I’m jotting down some things I am considering:
- Hour long story time (this doubles as a reward for having reached the class reading goal of the previous month)
- Some new-to-them library books available and of course a significant amount of time for them to simply read to themselves — I like buying new or very gently used books and find it generates a lot of reading interest, especially when classmates enthusiastically tell each other about the books they loved.
- Regular reading class would fit in of course, but then during math class reading a couple picture books that pertain to numbers. I have one on diameter and radius and would welcome more ideas
- History class would run as normal since this too is reading/story time
- Read extra from Story of the World sections not covered in Living History and each student follows the story on a copy of a world map
- Give a time for students to tell classmates about a favorite book or maybe bring a picture book about other lands to share with others. With sixteen students this could get pretty long, so maybe not all would do it.
- Since the idea of a Reading Day could almost sound like an all day party where students expect to check out and not actively learn, I would like to have each one jot down things they learned during the day as they were read to or read themselves. At the end of the day they could share those things. Maybe we would make a minit book of those things learned.
Does anyone have input about what you think would or would not work well? What ideas would you add?
- February 21, 2018 at 9:19 AM #45686
I have a suggestion for the stance of the day rather than details of what to do.
Students can easily form the attitude that we think learning happens only in formal classes in structured ways during scheduled times. While this type of disciplined learning is needed, most learning in “life after school” does not happen that way. Rather, it involves alertness to and engagement with the world in which we are immersed, noticing, appreciating, and “thinking about.”
A reading day could expose them to a meaningful potpourri of informative (and formative) experiences in a way that they might continue after their school days. Reading, browsing, discussing, talking about, sharing tidbits…
- March 8, 2018 at 11:15 PM #46197
This may be too late to be helpful but here are a few of my thoughts.
What about sharing the readings in groups? This could be individual students sharing their books, or giving a casual book report with their small group. Each group could also be asked to read a certain book together.
They could keep a reading log/journal of what they read/listened to and something significant from each source.
Students could pair up with a younger set of students and read a story to them (provided another teacher is willing to share her class). If they would do this, they could choose a story before hand and practice reading it before they share it with someone.
Do a reading theater presentation. They could perform it in class just to enjoy themselves. Small groups could each perform a story for the rest of the class. You could have them present the story to an audience outside of the classroom.
Depending on how much pen and paper work you want to do, you could have them design a poster for something they read or draw some pictures and write a summary of the material.
Provide some time for choral reading.
Let them bring cushions or pillows for relaxed reading. They could also bring a stuffed animal as a reading pal.
Enjoy popcorn while you read.
Here is another idea from my brainstorming mind. It may or may not fit with what you are trying to. Have each child prepare a snack (or part of a lunch meal) to share with the class. They should bring something that is triggered by a book. (Blueberries from Blueberries for Sal, doughnuts from Homer Price, cherry dumplings from The Boxcar Children, maple sugar from The Biggest Bear, and so on.) This would require some thought and preparation before hand.
- March 10, 2018 at 7:59 PM #46318
Betty YoderModeratorOriginal Poster@bettyyoder
Thanks for all the shared ideas. It is not too late since I got caught with achievement testing, spring program preparation, etc. and had not planned ahead well enough. I do still hope to do it this year.
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