Reading Response Workshop freebies and Organization!

Love love LOVE one of my BBB's linky party: Workshop Wednesday! So of course, I'm linking up with Jivey :)

This weeks topic is Reading Response! I do this with my kiddos multiple ways throughout the year.

In the beginning of the year, we talk about what makes a "4th grade response!" We work on making simple sentences to respond to picture books we read on chart paper, then each day we add more to make the sentence more detailed. (Sorry I don't have pictures of this) but for example:
"Amelia Bedelia is silly."
"Amelia Bedelia is silly because she takes things literally."
"Amelia Bedelia is a silly character because she does what she is told, but too literally."
"Amelia Bedelia is a silly and crazy maid because whenever she is given a task, she literally does exactly as she is told."

The first few weeks we do this together, then we work on these in our writing journals on our own after whole group read alouds. We call them "ladder sentences."

Another way I do reading response is during Daily 5. To make sure students are keeping up with their independent reading choices and comprehending them, I do a few different checks. Most of them are freebies in my store.
The first one is a Reflection that has students give a short summary, describe the setting and characters, tell their favorite part, and identify a new word! Its a great quick comprehension check!

The second is a story elements organizer. Students have to identify setting, characters, plot, and theme of their text. It's a great visual to make sure students understand the concept.

The last is one is a daily response for two weeks. Students answer one notebook page each day of the week to review ELA standards. 

All three of these produce great, but quick and easy ways to get kiddos to write!

Another one of my FAVORITES is from the amazing Rundees Room, they are her "Story Elements Question Fans"
I have these laminated and in separate fans for each element. I keep them in my reading corner in an organizing bin. Based on the skill were working on or reviewing, students have to answer 2 questions in their journals or on a post-it note after Read to Self. They love them, and I love the responses!

I hope some of these helped you! If you haven't already read Jivey's post, head on over and read because she has some GREAT ideas that I already saved for next year :)

Next up I'm linking up with another of my fav blogging buddies for her new linky party... Fun in Room  4B!

I wish I could be HALF as organized as her, and I have so many organization plans on my to-do list for this summer, but here are a few ways I keep my classroom organized!

{I saw all these summer items that match my color scheme at Walmart today, there 
has got to be some way I can use some of these cool things?!}

AND I HAVE to make this amazing Teacher Toolbox that Elizabeth made.. Seriously, it is the first thing and most absolute thing I want to do!!

Head on over and link up with these two AMAZING ladies :) Also, check out my Facebook page for a FLASH FREEBIE tonight!


  1. I love that you take them step by step and show them how to grow their responses. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thank you! It truly works wonders for their expansion of writing :)

  2. Thanks so much for linking up, friend!!! Can't wait to check out your freebies!!
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  3. I love the idea of growing their responses...we've been talking a lot lately about making sure we are showing 'almost 5th grade work'...some of the kids are getting a little lazy!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

    1. Yes, my kiddos get lazy this time of year, too! We are always talking about 5th grade work!!

  4. I love all the ideas you gave for your reading responses! Your room organization is to die for!! LOVING the green and blue:) It looks so awesome! How did your student bins hold up this year? I see that style a lot.
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Thank you so much! My student bins held up SO well! I was surprised. I only had to replace 1 number all year, too! :)

  5. Half as organized as me? Are you kidding? You are WAY, WAY, WAY organized. Look at all of your great containers and labels. And, your data binders rock! Thanks so much for linking up :)

    Fun in Room 4B

    1. Oh no, you inspire me with your organization!! Thanks for always giving me great ideas :)

  6. This is a great way to teach students to respond to reading. It is fabulous how you guide them through the process. I love your book bins. I don't have classroom space for them so my students have to use their seat pockets.

    Foreman Teaches

    1. Thank you! It works well :) I love having the bins but I'm sure the seat pockets work well, too!