I have pondered a way to hold students accountable for their reading every night. I have been doing the "honor system" since school began, but, after Friday's poor turnout of book projects, I have decided to do things a little different.
In 4th grade, students need to read an average of 60 minutes independently each day in order to grow as a reader. We took the STAR Reading test last week, and each and every student's report has them reading this much each day so that they can be a better reader. I gave each student their reading levels this morning. They go to the library to check out books today. Each post-it note had the reading level for books in the library and for books in my classroom (Because my library is set up differently than Mrs. Lemonier! :) I do not want students to get discouraged while reading!!!!
With this long post, here is what I am going to require: Students will have reading homework each night: READING INDEPENDENTLY. They will have a sheet to fill out. They will record their minutes and answer a quick question. Examples: What happened to the character today? What kind of connection did you have to the character? What was the setting? Along with writing, students may draw a picture or fill in a graphic organizer. They are short questions, but they help to comprehend. They will make students go back and "think" about what was read. I am crossing my fingers this works!!! I want students to jump from where they are reading now and to go beyond 4th grade reading levels!
Oh, and, psst.... SHHH... If students are good...and don't fall behind in math... This reading will be the only homework they will have most nights. But, shhhhhh.... I don't want them to know. :)