As part of my First 20 Days of Reader's Workshop at the beginning of the year, I did a lesson on "Reading is Thinking." You can read more about how I do the First 20 Days in my classroom here and here.
We talked about how we are always thinking about books before, during, and after reading. I modeled my thinking during a read aloud and had my students share their thinking. Afterwards, I had my students complete the Reading is Thinking page to show the thinking they did as they completed their Independent Reading.
Here are some examples of their work!
|I loved this one! They sure to do like those Magic School Bus books!|
|We put it on our Reader's Workshop bulletin board!|
We are now discussing Metacognition in our class where we are reviewing "Reading is Thinking." I saw the "Reading Salad" idea on Pinterest (which linked back here) and thought it might be something worth trying.
|This is not my picture. Here is the source.|
We did that today. I made it interesting by asking my kiddos if they liked salad, which surprising they all raised their hands. Hmm, I didn't eat salad until I was about 16... is that weird? Or they could be fabricating their little hearts out as seven year olds sometimes do. :) Anyway, we talked about what kinds of things they like on their salad... olives, dressing, cheese, eggs, tomatoes. The Reading Salad idea uses lettuce and tomatoes. I then did a read aloud and we stopped before, during, and after our reading to share thinking aloud. As students shared their thinking, I added "tomatoes" to our salad bowl! I think the kids really enjoyed it! I'll try to post a pic in the next few days.