This past Wednesday, the introduction of my self-created reading workshop mini lesson went something like this...
Fifth graders, I have to tell you something exciting! Do you remember when we shared our reading goals with each other a little while ago? (Nods all around) Do you remember my goal as a pleasure reader?
Yes! You want to focus on finding books you love and abandon fewer books.
That's right! And, I am excited to tell you that I have once again fallen in deep, deep, magical love with a new-to-me book! This feeling is so great, so satisfying- it is my biggest wish for all of you. Fifth graders, today and for the next couple weeks we are embarking on a new unit in reading workshop. We are going to focus on falling in love with books and reading those books we have fallen for. That's it!
Clapping, nods, and cheers suddenly filled the air space in my fifth grade classroom.
Over the next couple weeks, we're taking a break from the Reading Units of Study and heavy analysis of our reading to take some joyful steps back into our roots as readers. For the past two school days and the next 10 before winter break, we're reading books we love in my fifth grade classroom! My students are tasked with two things:
1. Read a book you love every single day in class.
2. Read a book you love every single day at home.
|Two boys rediscovering their love for Dr. Seuss! The whole|
class enjoyed a book talk on The Lorax from one of
the boys the next morning.
When I talked about the plans for my class through winter break with my trusted and beloved group
|El Deafo has become a recent|
I cannot wait to see what happens over the next ten days before we all say goodbye for winter break. I'll report back shortly after.
|Our wall of "favorite books so far" this school year: I'm looking |
forward to seeing it evolve as the next couple weeks progress!
By the way, the new-to-me book that I've fallen in love with is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
Happy reading, friends!