A week or so ago, I posted about my new reader's notebooks. I wanted to share with you how my students are using them.
First, I am introducing the notebooks slowly. The first day we created Do's and Don'ts, took a tour of the notebook, and decorated the covers. The next day, we read the Cafe menu and created reading goals. Since I only have 5 students at a time, one worked with me on choose a goal or two while the others filled in their reading interests.
For the next few days, we practiced using think-marks. The students reviewed a strategy a day (5 minutes) and I showed them the sentence frame(s) for that strategy. They independently read and filled in a practice stop & jot page (not one in their notebook, I wanted to give them time to practice and make mistakes). We went over their use of the strategy and their writing until I knew they understood the strategy and how to write about that strategy.
Now that my students have a few different strategies to write about, they read a book and used their notebooks to document their thinking. We will continue to do this until Christmas break. In January, I plan on introducing the reading response journal section.
I am using paperclips as bookmarks for the response section and the stop & jot section. The paper clip goes on the page the students are working on so they can quickly find the correct page.
I might add ribbons to the paperclips to make them a little more fun.