Reading Response Logs

I have always found that building comprehension skills is far more challenging than teaching students how to decode. I like to embed comprehension as often as I can into our day. Below I will share my Reading Response Logs, and different ideas for incorporating them into your classroom.





Listening Center

I love my listening center. Scholastic offers a ton of different books and CD's for my listening center at such an affordable price. Over the years I have accumulated a pretty decent stash of listening center texts. I think this center is important for two main reasons:
1) It helps supports my auditory learners in ways that regular reading does not
2) It helps prepare them for the listening portion of the state test-and yes, as a kindergarten teacher I am already thinking about the state tests

Oh, I should probably also mention that my kids love it!

I spend time at the beginning of the year teaching the students how to put on the headphones, when to turn the pages of the text, what to do if the volume isn't correct, and how to clean up. After some time spent modeling and supporting, they are really able to do this on their own. But....let's be realistic, even though the center looks like it is being run independently, that does not mean that all of the students are actually listening to the book. 

When brainstorming ways to hold them accountable for the listening, without taking away from the fun, I thought about my Reading Response Logs. I wanted something quick and easy that I could use over and over again, and wasn't text specific. Within this pack you get a variety of questions appropriate for fiction texts and non fiction texts.








When using the response sheets for the listening center, I place them in dry erase pouches. This way I can use the same 5 sheets for all of the students in my class that will be attending that center. It also allows me to get a sense of who understands what they just heard, and who needs some more support.


Homework

 I provide weekly homework packets on Mondays and expect them back complete by Friday. In each packet I include a weekly reading log and a reading response sheet (in kindergarten I do not start including the reading response sheets until we have built up our writing skills.) I instruct parents to read with their children for about 10 minutes per night and log it in the reading log. They can then choose any book to complete one of the response sheets. In this packet you get both a parent letter with instructions and two choices of weekly reading logs.

One reading log has them document from Monday-Thursday (if you collect homework on Friday) and the other has space for Monday-Friday if you prefer.



Each week I rotate between a fiction and non fiction response sheet. Once I have used all of them in homework packets, I start from the beginning. Since by that point the students should be on a different reading level, I expect that they will be reading different texts and their answers will be different.


Class Comprehension Work

You can also chose to use these response sheets for any comprehension work you do in the classroom. These can easily be implemented when doing a read aloud, working with a small group, in guiding reading, for intervention, for fast finishers etc.





You can grab a copy of my Reading Response Logs unit here!

or here:

-Michelle Vasilescu AKA Mrs V





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