Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's time to start encouraging summer reading!

Summer will be here before you know it and part of our job is to encourage our kids to read over the summer. 

Summer reading is so important, in fact, that it is part of the ELA curriculum for primary grades. This week, primary teachers will be starting a unit on things that readers do:
  • know what they like to read
  • know how to choose a just right book
  • plan what to read next
  • ask people to read to them
  • find different things to read
  • find books everywhere
  • tell people what they like about books
They will be making the anchor chart you see at the right that lists these reading behaviors. 

In Week 30, the lesson will be on making a "to read" list and they may ask for help from you. If they don't, this would be a great opportunity for you to offer to assist with this lesson! Use the links below to access the materials for this unit.

Now, secondary folks, don't think you are off the hook. There is a wonderful opportunity for you here too. It would be great to do this type of lesson with secondary students as well. You could easily scaffold this up for older students, reminding them of all the places they can get reading materials over the summer and how important it is to read - even if it's just 15 minutes a day.

If they need book suggestions, share our Summer Reading Lists with them. Remind them about the Digital Library and the online resources on our Virtual Library page. Discuss visiting web sites where they can read news or information about their hobbies and interests.

And while you're at it, don't forget to do something to encourage your teachers to read this summer too!

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