Do you give your students choices for what they will read? Choice is a huge motivator. We had been reading informational text and learning about the features author's include to make it easier for us to understand the text. So they were ready to make some choices of what they each wanted to read and learn about.
I chose several informational books within a range of levels to fit my students. Then I labeled the books A-E with Post It notes and placed them around the room.
Students were given this packet to clip to a clipboard. They used the packet as they traveled around to the different books.
After previewing each book, the students would record what they thought about the books. Then at the end, they listed their choices of what they would each like to read.
Each student made their choice for themselves. They were not voting on what the group would read. This was a time they could be individual with their thoughts and choices. Unless the level was particularly difficult for them, I gave them what they chose for their number 1 choice. Then students got to read and mark places in their books with Post It notes to help them fill out the next packet.
The students really enjoyed their informational texts that they were reading and learning about because it was information that they chose. They were invested in it and found the texts very interesting. It was a favorite activity for them.
This student was still working on his packet when I snapped this picture. But I wanted you to be able to see what information he was reading for on the second page.
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