Drop Everything And Read
Rationale: An important goal for all students to achieve is voluntary reading. By this stage of reading, students will be able to read familiar words at decode words at their reading level. This activity incorporates silent reading and gives students the opportunity to choose the book themselves. Free reading time can be given on a daily basis to encourage silent, voluntary reading.
Materials: One book for each student that they have chosen. Some samples are:
· Chickens! Chickens! By: Barbara Ann Porte
· Hey Frog! By: Piet Grobler
1. Today we are going to learn how to read silently during our free reading time. Everyone will get to choose a book that they like to read.
can tell me
why we need to read silently? First, it's fun. Second, it
understand what we are reading better because we are able to
more. Third, we are able to read in many different places by
silently. Also, we are able to better imagine what the characters
and enjoy the book more.
3. How many of you like to go to the library and pick out books you like to read? Today, we are going to the library and everyone will get some time to choose a book. Now, you may choose any book you like, but you need to remember some of the rules we use when we choose books. You must choose a book that has you reading color dot on it (appropriate reading level) and not over 20 pages. Make sure you have read a few pages form the book first before deciding if you like it. Don't just rely on the pictures. Also, after you have picked a book, you must bring it to me and let me listen to you read some of it. If you need help finding a book either Myself or the librarian will help you.
5. For assessment, while the students are reading silently, walk around and observe them. Then have each of the students one by one read to you silently. I will assess their comprehension by using a rubric for understanding their selected text. Also, have the students give a brief summary either written or orally about their book.
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Lang, Karissa. Silent