Throwback Thursday... Reading Response

Everybody loves a little vintage!
Of course, I have to link up with The First Grade Parade for this awesome Throwback Thursday linky!

While you are reading, I am off to work on my Neon Lights classroom decor pack :)

This isn't too old of a post, originally posted on May 22nd, but it was a popular one so I figured it'd be a great one to share again :)
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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!!

{UPDATED note.. I made my Teacher Toolbox today and I LOVE it! I will be sharing a template soon for FREE that matches my Turquoise, Lime and Yellow Clasroom Decor Pack!}





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