Do you need to hold your students accountable for their silent reading time? These cards can be used with any novel or short story your students are reading.
We are highly encouraged to have the students complete sustained silent reading (SSR) at least once a week in our classroom. I used to have a hard time with this because many of my students used to “fake” read. They would stare at the pages (and then turn them occasionally) and when SSR was over, they would smile and put their book back on the shelf. If this sounds like your classroom, then these cards will definitely help with this.
Once I told my students that they had to complete an assignment after they read, more of them started reading.
I have used these cards several ways…
Give the students a mini lesson about something on the cards (i.e. point of view or compound sentences) . Then I would show the students the card and tell them they had to answer this question after they read.
Sometimes I choose two or three cards and put them on the overhead.
Sometimes it is potluck. I fan them out and tell a few students to “pick a card, any card.” These will be the cards that we all have to answer after reading. The students really like this option.
You can also pass one out to each partnership and that will be card they write about.
I have also used these in my literacy stations.
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