So, readers, I have a task for you. Grab a piece of paper, and take a moment to brainstorm a list of books you remember from reading as a child. Now, rank them in your order of preference. Did you have trouble coming up with a list? I bet you didn’t. Have you done this with your students? Do you think they’d quickly jot down names, or do you think some would struggle? Here’s the deal…
After PE or recess, kids need to transition back to the classroom mindset. They may have frustrations from the playground or may be too hyped up to focus. Reading a great book calms the mind. Have students practice making predictions and visualizing as you read. Pause for discussion after you’ve read a bit. Want to add extra interest? Let the group vote on the books you read to them. For this reading experience, chapter books may be preferred, but do not write off picture books. VanAllsburg, Polacco, Rylant, and DePaola are all great options for upper elementary.
Reading aloud to your students models fluency.
Children who hear fluent reading will copy it when they read on their own. When you read aloud to your students, use this time to discuss the five P’s of fluency (prosody, punctuation, phrasing, performance, pace). Here is a little freebie you can use with your kids to discuss as you read. It can be projected or provided to students for their reading notebooks.