Monday, August 12, 2013

How to Choose a Just Right Book and Reading Survey {Monday Made It}

Good Morning, everyone! I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for another great round of Monday Made It

As I'm sure you've heard me say before, I'm back at school now and today will be day #3 with my kiddos. So far, so good! They are a very sweet bunch and I've been having a lot of fun with them! Since I'm back to teaching my crafting has been put on the back burner and I've been making things I NEED for my lessons and classroom. 

I will be launching our Reading Workshop this week and I wanted to created something I could have printed on our poster machine at school. I love anchor charts, but since this one will be on display right over our library I wanted something that looked really neat and was easy to read! 

I had to create a poster that went along with this one for the steps in the Five Finger Test. I think it may "officially" be called the Five Finger Rule, but I always end up calling it test, so why not go with what I do?! 

You can pick up both of these posters for free at my TPT store

I think I'll print some letter-size versions of this one to have for my students to actually hold and reference while we are working on choosing those first few books. 

I also needed a reading survey for my students to complete. I couldn't really find what I was looking for anywhere, so I decided to create my own. 

I kept the survey short and right to the point. There are some things I want to know right away about my readers. All the other "things" I'll learn about them as we go, but this info will definitely help me get them started with a book that is right for them.

I make a lot of trips to the public library to check out 20+ books for my kids to use in our classroom. When I go, I'm always looking for books that my reluctant readers might be interested in. Of course, that means I end up asking them to make me a list of what they'd like to read about. Then, I end up in the library with 5 little scribbled notes that I'm trying hard not to lose! 

 I plan on punching holes in the survey and putting it in a plastic, 3-prong folder that I can tote with me to the library. I intentionally left the back blank so I can jot notes on my little readers and throw in reading levels if I want. 

This is also a free download in my TPT store. If you download either of the items please remember to leave some feedback! I'd also love to have some more followers for my very new store!


  1. Courtney, I also give a reading survey. I love the one on one contact with my students and it gives me a lot of information in a quick conference. I just followed your store! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Reading surveys are so valuable. They share so much important information. At least when you make it yourself, you know it is exactly what you want!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I downloaded your posters. I just want to say thanks for making them free and available.

  4. I was wondering what grade level you did this text with? I see from your blog that you teach 1st grade. Did you do this with 1st graders?

    1. I was referring to Frindle. I do not know why it posted to this page.

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    3. I used Frindle with 4th graders.


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