Some ideas for
independent reading center/station:
Reading Log: Students keep
track of the books they read by filling out their reading log.
Cards: Students choose a task/discussion card to
respond to, either in writing or orally with another partner.
Organizers: These sheets help students organize
Various book reports can be used, from simple to more complex.
Great way to track kids' understanding of text.
Strategies: Connections, questioning, inferring,
Elements: Students can practice identifying
characters, plot, setting, theme, etc.
Studies: Students can read books on a particular
author or genre.
Students read in pairs. Also, student can use stuffed animals as reading partners. Students
choose a "partner" to whom they can read to. This is
particularly effective for shy or insecure students. This activity
has been proven to help children develop their reading fluency.
Reviews: Display "Books of the Month" or "Books
of the Week" which all students are required to read. Students then
use a form to write a summary and a review of the book(s) they have
completed. The reviews can be discussed among the class (when all
students have completed their reviews) and the class can make a graph on
likes, dislikes, favorite book, favorite character, etc.
Chart: Create a chart to post in the reading center. Have
students recommend books they have read by writing the title and author.
Reader/Scholastic News Center: Does your class receive Weekly
Readers, Scholastic News, or any other magazine? What do you do with the
extras? You can create a center with the extra magazines. Place 1 or 2
issues in a container. Create questions or activities for each issue for
students to work on.
Students can generate questions about the text they read.
Letter: Students write a letter to a buddy or the teacher about
the text they've read.
Literary Elements Page
Book Review Sheet