Sunday, July 7, 2013

Reading Notebook-Cuaderno de Lectura

Like I've mentioned before I am a bilingual teacher, therefore I teach all of Language Arts in Spanish. Here are the photographs I promised of the reading notebook my class used this past year. Even though it's in Spanish it's easy to see what are of reading it's referring too, please let me know if you have any questions about it though.  

This notebook is simply a reference book for the students. Yes we write definitions in it, do activities and paste examples but we also take it beyond that. What we do in this notebook is just part of our learning please remember that. I try to reach those different learning styles so when we are learning a new concept I like to give them a visual, audio and hands on approach to it. 

Good ol' cheap and reliable composition book.
I'm thinking next year the kids can decorate/personalize the cover themselves rather than just a label from me.

Here we have our chart comparing characteristics of REAL reading and FALSE reading. 

Metacognition-awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes. Some of my kids refered to it as metacognition (we talked about how that was a smart word and they loved that!) while others simply referred to it as Real Reading.

Making Connections is a very important concept we refer back to ALL year. Text to world, text to text and text to self. 

Choosing a "just right" book foldable. One piece of construction paper folded in half and cut into three flaps. 
Easy-Perfect-Too Hard as headers. Characteristics and examples inside.

Five finger rule for choosing a "just right" book. I know many have seen this on pinterest, I just simply translated and made them each have their own in their notebook. 

 Ok I promised I tried numerous times to rotate this picture and I just finally gave in. Hey it'll help stretch your neck right? ;) It is "The Plot Roller Coaster" It is two pieces of manila paper folded in half and glued in their notebook. Make sure they crease is towards the outside of the notebook so it can open up properly.

*What happened in the story in order. Problem, solution and important events.
 This is that it looks like open. Couldn't fit the whole thing in one frame but you get the idea. It's a roller coaster that takes you through the story. We start by simply drawing a roller coaster. We then add our "problem" in a rising position followed by the "solution" at the other end. We talk about how the solution isn't necessarily at the end because a story can have more than one problem-solution. Hence the up and down roller coaster. We put these in little bubbles to differentiate them before adding our "important events". These events are what happens in the story that lead us to the problem and/or the solution. It's important to show that not ALL events are important. This roller coaster helped us tremendously in summarizing. Which just reminded me of a follow up activity we did for summarizing, I need to share that with you soon.

While we tried to keep our reading notebook personal and fun, sometimes you just have to get down and write definitions. This was not the norm but definitely necessary at times. Here is our list/definitions of our types of poetry.

 This activity was done closely with the "making connections" activity seen earlier. Sorry my pictures got out of order and as you can tell blogger doesn't like me when uploading pictures.

We talked about how we each have different squemas because we've each had different experiences. I printed some little file folders and allowed them to write what they have "filed" in their minds. They had a blast with these and we all enjoyed sharing ours. I also used real file folders to bring home the concept, I labeled one "shoes" and filled it with stuff (pictures, brands, why I liked them, where to buy them..." and labeled the second one "car repairs", in that one I wrote "ask my husband".
  Visualization-what I can smell, feel, hear, see, my mind! 

Point of View-who is telling the story? 

Theme-the great idea!
 Setting-No I did not make my students draw this every time we came across a setting questions but as an introduction/refresher it was perfect. From top to bottom- When? Where? Why? 
 How is the character? Describe his characteristics. We did this whole group on the board with the students name, they really enjoyed that. Then they each made on in their notebook about Thomas Edison, since we were reading about him. 

Personification-again don't judge my drawing abilities too much here, the poem was about dancing hot dogs! We each chose a short poem and wrote it in our notebook. Then they had to underline personification example(s) and draw it. We also saw clips from old drive in movies, Disney movies (beauty and the beast was great!) and commercials to introduce personification. 

 Onomatopoeia! Gosh what fun we had with this! We wrote what it meant first, found examples in our poem of the week, color coded alliteration and onomatopoeia within it but then the real fun began. They made imovies!  Each group was given an ipad and let loose. They created super hero movies with onomatopoeia. They had a blast and I'm certain they grasp what it means.

Time for another neck stretch! Nonfiction Characteristics. After we talked about and encountered these characteristics in various books/magazines each student was responsible for finding and cutting their own examples. They basically made a pictionary of them in their notebook.

 I already have some ideas of how to improve them for next year but overall my students really enjoyed them. I saw them referring back to them several times through out the year and having them make their own anchor charts in their notebooks really gave them ownership of their learning. Please let me know what you think and share any ideas for improvement! Hope you enjoyed it!


  1. Great post! I wil be teaching French Immersion this year and Notebooks are at the top of my list of things to try this year. Thanks for all the great photos.

    1. I'm glad they were helpful! Just don't judge my art skills to much ;) haha. Good luck this year, I'm sure it'll be a great experience.

  2. Awesome! I love the notes. Definitely a great resource for kids. I teach 3rd bilingual too. I'm very much a visual learner as some of my kids and I'll definitely be using some of your helpful notes!!! Have a GREAT NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

    1. I am such a visual learner too! Use away anything that could be helpful please :) We started working in our notebooks this week already and I'm super excited to share! Stay tuned. Hope you have a great year as well!

  3. Thank you so much for the pictures of your notebooks, it's so helpful and more useful. When I try to come up with better solutions or how to improve my small groups to flow better; it is hard to get the idea across verbally where there are no Bilingual classes, but the students are Bilingual and be able to demonstrate using the notebook more efficiently yet consistently.