Sample It Sunday: Reading Logs with a Twist!

Happy Sunday! Have you checked out my new blog header and button? Christi from Design by Christi gave it a much needed update. I love it!!  I am in the process of changing my blog name and Facebook page to just “Miss DeCarbo.”
Why??  Well…there’s something I haven’t told you lately.  You see, I keep getting LOTS of requests on Facebook for orders of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes.  I even received an email this week for a wedding cake that needed to be picked up by Wednesday.  The poor bride was in a crazy panic. I can’t imagine the anxiety attack I gave her when I told her I couldn’t make her wedding cake because 1) I teach first grade and do not own a bakery and 2) I don’t even own a cake pan.  
Yes…I’m being mistaken for a bakery lately!  I’ve turned down a few cupcake orders, some Batman cake pops, and a batch of designer cookies in the past week. Just call me the Cake Boss of Teaching. Except I can’t bake. So it’s time to start to slowly say goodbye to “Sugar and Spice.”  Cue sad music. But don’t worry – I will still have my little baking girl that represents what this blog is all about. 🙂 You can read about that HERE.
Now, it’s time for…Sample It Sunday!
This week’s Sample It Sunday comes from my Reading Logs for the Common Core pack. As a first grade teacher, I always wish to instill a LOVE of reading in my students. Nightly reading is an important part of this.  My students take a new Take Home book home every night during the week.  As teachers, we understandably want a way to hold our kids accountable for their nightly reading and foster independence and responsibility.
However, I do not believe in the traditional reading log.  This may be something that is hard for many teachers to fathom but I do not care for or want parent signatures on my reading logs. My reasoning is this:   My kids are seven years old.  If their parent does not sign their reading log, it is not.their.fault.  I also do not believe that a signature is the best way to show accountability for nightly reading and comprehension.  I would rather the product be something my students can SHOW and WRITE about.  That is why I l-o-v-e my Reading Logs for the Common Core and can’t wait to share a sample with you today!
There are over 40 different reading logs in this pack. Every Monday through Thursday night, my kids complete ONE box on their reading log.  On Friday mornings, they turn their log in.  I choose the logs based on what we have covered in class. The reading logs change frequently throughout the year, giving my students ample practice and review in lots of different reading strategies throughout the year!

Over the past year, I have loved reading about the many ways you are all using these reading logs in your classrooms! Many of you are using them during small groups, guided reading, and as an independent activity as your kids read to themselves.  There are so many ways these logs can be implemented! They would even make great quick check assessments during your mini lessons throughout the week. 
You can grab the following two freebie pages through Google Docs this week 
by clicking HERE or by clicking on the pictures below.   
I hope you enjoy trying them out! 🙂

Here is a list of all of the reading logs and standards met in this pack.
You can take a look at the full version of this pack by clicking HERE.

Thanks for visiting today for Sample It Sunday! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the freebie pages and have a wonderful week!! Stop back later this week for my annual Classroom Reveal post for the 2014/2015 school year! 🙂 I can’t wait to show you some new additions to my classroom. 🙂 

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Christina. I love your new blog design! I also bought your fluency pack for next year, and I'm very excited to try it out! I've never used reading logs for homework, but I might try yours because they look fun so they kids might actually use them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I was laughing at your bakery orders…the best one is the frantic bride! (Maybe it was for a shotgun wedding?) I hate having parents sign book logs, too, but we still do. The worst offender was my own sister, who on the last night of winter vacation had her sixth grade son sign for his sister. Who had not picked up a book all vacation. 🙁

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