This week we celebrated as more students brought in their finished READ! charts to show their reading work over the past several weeks. It's exciting when students are excited to read and have a million ideas about what they like to read and what they want to talk about. With several students ready for new language arts homework, we spent some time this past week preparing some space in the classroom for students to show everyone their reading work. We already have one bulletin board in our classroom that is called, "The Fridge" but we wanted to create some individual spaces for student work. To make this happen, each student got to create their own fridge where their work will hang. Each student was given the opportunity to paint the whole background of a piece of large cardstock to reflect themselves and their style. After painting, we attached various title onto the boards: "Malachi's Fridge" , "I am reading..." , "My artwork" and "About me." Each student's is unique and will be a wonderful place for them to record the books they're reading, to hang up some of their artwork and to have space dedicated to reject the things that are import to their learning. Because of the new fridges in our room, students will continue reading at home each night, but they will no longer be responsible to add to their google drive document titled "Daily Reading Log." Instead, they will just need to keep the following updated READ! chart in a place where they can daily mark off their reading and then come to class prepared to share and add to their fridge. The students help to create this chart with their fun ideas, so hopefully it's a very exciting month of homework. This chart is a little different than the blue one, so here's how it works:
- Your child will continue to read each night, Monday-Thursday as well as once over the weekend (Friday-Sunday).
- They can go in any order (row by row, column by column or sporadic) as their are no longer days next to each row.
- Each day, your child needs to choose ONE of the choices in the box and do it for the day.
- Each box represents one day (there are only 20 days on this chart).
- Each day has two choices.
- There are two free spaces on the chart. Again, because there are no days, your child can use those for any two days that will be filled with other family activity or plans.
- After completing the reading or writing activity, your child needs to circle the option they chose AND write the date completed at the bottom of the box.
- If "free space" is chosen, please also write the date that those are used at the bottom of the box.
- If they chose one where they have to produce work at home, they can bring it to school the next day.
- If they just read, they need to take a picture of the book cover with their iPad.
- Each time they start reading a new book, they need to take a picture. If they are reading a long chapter book and will be reading it for several days, they only need to take one picture.
- Your child does not have to anything with the google drive chart.
- When your child finishes the whole chart, they can return it for 5 homework completion points.
- I will be assigning homework points each day by having discussions with the class or individual student and looking at their fridge.
- Please help them with this new chart until it becomes more routine and familiar.
These charts will be going home with the students who have completed their blue READ! chart. If your child is still working on the blue one, have them finish that up and then they can move on to the orange one as well. Please let me know if you have any questions concerning this new chart.