Have you ever used reading logs with your students? Confession time… I used to and decided to stop. Do you know why? I was using a form that required my students to write down the title of the book and get initials from their families.
My students were turning them in with initials, but I honestly had no clue if they were reading or not. I would ask my students questions about what they read and they would look at me with blank stares. That led me to question the validity of those reading logs, so I stopped using them.
Fast forward to this month when I decided to sit down and create a reading log that would actually be beneficial for teachers and students alike. Take a look at how they turned out:
I included all the typical information we teachers like to collect, but then took it a bit further with a quick comprehension check under the “quick activity” section. This comprehension section is my favorite part of it.
You might wonder why I made the activity so brief.
I want the focus of this reading log to be on the reading. I don’t want kids dreading filling out a full on book report every single day in order to complete this log. This activity is meant to be quick and easy to complete. Just enough to show me that my students not only spent time reading something, but actually understood what they were reading.
They are simple, not overwhelming, and easy for teachers to see if students are truly reading.
I included some samples in this set with my own questions, but I also made sure to include an editable template that you can customize for your class.
Want a set of your own? Check them out HERE.
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