Recording the books you read as a class and keeping it on display is a wonderful activity for learning and building class community.
Why make a class reading log?
a list of prior reading can be referred back to when a similar teaching point arises in the future - this will ignite past learning
it will help build a sense of reading achievement for all your learners
it will provide a model for independent reading log use and encourage reluctant readers to commit to reading consistency
it helps build classroom community, a sense of achieving as a team
How do you make a reading log?
A reading log can be as simple as a list on a piece of paper positioned in the classroom. Of course, to make things more engaging for your students you can go to a little more effort and make it visually appealing.
How do I make it a successful part of the classroom?
Like most things in the classroom, if you keep consistently using it, it will become important to the children.
Simple ways to make it successful include:
having students help you with the recording of information
referring back to books included and asking students to share their connections and memories of the story
setting class milestone goals for how many books you will read
Printable crocodile classroom log
We have designed a printable classroom log display. It is practical and engaging and simple to prep. Create a display in your classroom by gluing the stacks to the crocodile's back. Upon each book spine you can write the titles of the books you read as a class. We have included both a color and blackline version.
If you are not a fan of crocodiles, we also have an owl version.
We challenge you to start recording the fabulous reading you complete as a class in your shared and modelled reading lessons. Your students will love it!