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.
*What happened in the story in order. Problem, solution and important events.
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.
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, taste...in 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.
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.