For the Love of Reading, Part 2

So how do you equip your “travelers” for their reading journeys?

In Chapter 2 of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller, she focuses on her belief that everybody is a reader, and as such, is along for the ride. No one gets to opt out for any reason. In addition to building confidence in students who haven’t seen themselves as readers in the past, this is also a great community/team-building strategy in the classroom. Miller’s first day “book frenzy” is a wonderful start to the journey she leads her class on each year.

For more insights from this chapter (and a freebie!), check out We Read, We Blog, We Teach.

For the Love of Reading

Want to join in the fun? We Read, We Blog, We Teach has a new book study this summer on The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller.

This week focused on Chapter 1 There and Back Again where Miller explains how her first year of teaching did not go as planned when her students did not embrace the novel studies with the enthusiasm she had expected. This led her on a journey to discover how to better engage them in the reading process and along the way reminded her of her own love of books and reading as a child.

Miller states, “Reading is both a cognitive and an emotional journey. I discovered that it was my job as a teacher to equip the travelers, teach them how to read a map, and show them what to do when they get lost, but ultimately, the journey is theirs alone.” (p.16)

I love this visual!

First Friday Freebie #6: Weather Tracker

For a fun end of year/summer break activity, share this weather tracker form with your students. They can continue to practice their observation, reading, and recording skills as they read weather forecasts and keep track of the daily weather patterns.

WeatherChartsample(click here for pdf file)

Sites like Intellicast, Accuweather, and The Weather Channel provide daily forecasts and other weather/seasonal information.

The information can then be analyzed by:

  • graphing highs and lows
  • graphing precipitation
  • graphing humidity
  • comparing forecasts to actual weather reports
  • charting the phases of the moon.

The Freeology site has graph paper, observation charts, and timelines which could be used for analyzing data.