Thursday, September 6, 2012

Me as a Reader

I love the first few weeks of reading for several reasons.  First I enjoy learning about my new class as readers.  I already know that I have a huge group of students who love fantasy and another group that likes classics.  I have several students who aren't sure how to find time for reading in their lives. Finally and most exciting my students know that their teacher loves reading and is a reader. I shared with them the different books I read this summer and some of my different reading communities including blogging and twitter.  We created this anchor chart:  Reading is Fun.  I am excited for students to begin to write about "Me as a Reader"

"Me as a Reader" is an amazing community building experience for our new class.  Each student brings in a photo of where they like to read.  I ask each student to be in the photo reading a book.  After we share our photos (yes I share mine also) we start discussing their lives as readers. If you were able to eavesdrop in our classroom you might have heard students sharing their favorite spots, favorite titles, how it is fun to read under the covers with a flashlight.  

Finally we ended our conversation with Wonder #611 Do you Judge a Book by its Cover?  What a great way to weave community building into reading.  After watching the video which is from Britain Got Talent (Susan Boyle singing for the first time) one of the students said, "Mrs. Caplin why did they judge her before she sang?" From there we discussed the multiples meaning of this phrase and discussed the importance of previewing new books before making a decision as well as new friends in our class.  We left our first class comment and we're off and WONDERing for the new school year.  I suggested for homework that the students should go home and share the wonder of the day and leave a comment.  It's going to an amazing year of reading in Room 228


  1. Wonderopolis' variety of topic always amazes me! From animals to places to figurative language to netetiquette...It is such a valuable resource!

    Thanks for the picture of your anchor chart! Your class had some honest thoughts. :)

  2. What a great start to your reading year! Your kids already know that reading is going to be a big part of their new year, an unforgettable part. I love the way you made a "thing" out of it all - that sense of excitement and being encouraged to read and share will now be with your kids the whole year through. Bravo!

  3. Thanks friends, it is great to connect again since we're all super busy with school starting! I am having a great start and slowing down even with all the diagnostics etc.

  4. You would like this post -- it fits yours.