To open today's lesson, students read independently and silently. I spend a good portion of time conferencing based on specific student need, based on 3 Day Reading Logs.
I preplanned my conferences and called students one by one to the back table.
When I finished with my conferences, I passed back the rest of the reading logs to the remaining students, noting those who I did not speak with. I will make a note to get to new people on Friday, during our next extended wide reading time frame.
In this part of the lesson, students prepare their independent weekly reading goals, using the Five Minute Focus Read Equation Sheet.
Watch this video for further explanation: Five Minute Focus Read Explanation Video.
These goals change weekly, depending on the complexity and text size of the books students are independently reading.
I start by asking the question, what are the questions you ask yourself before you decide to read a book? Below, is a student generated question list created before the interviews began.
Then I pass out the Book Interview Recording Sheet and place kids in two circles around the room.
There is an inner and outer circle. The outer circle will stand still; the inner circle will rotate clockwise, as many times that we have time for. Then, kids will interview one another about their book choices. They can choose any three questions from the board to ask one another about their current independent reading book, the goal of course being for students to be exposed to as many titles as possible.
In the final part of the lesson, students recap the day's activity by sharing some of their favorite book suggestions. I call on kids in a whole group setting to share books they enjoyed hearing about. I urged kids to give a shout out, not only to the book, but to the person who recommended the story.