Procedures are a MUST for any program to be successful. My students have the option of sitting on the floor, laying on reading mats, sitting at their tables, reading under our tables, or in our hallway (privilege). I first encouraged the "sit by your friend" when they read, but everyone had a different reading style or what was "comfortable" reading. So as always, I made up a song to a familiar tune to help us learn the correct procedures. This song is to "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." At the end of the song, I say, "Where does the book go?" They chant, "In the middle!" Here is a picture of our anchor chart:
Click here to view: "I'm Working on My Strategies to Read" for the Smart Board, Interactive Whiteboard, or student computer on my TpT store.
Don't have this technology yet? Use the mp3 song and book set from my TpT store.
"I'm Working on My Strategies to Read" mp3 Song
"I'm Working on My Strategies to Read" Book Set
The book set includes a big book version along with an independent reading book, 1/2 size books for book boxes or guided reading, and a single page version for homework folders. You can also use the big book version to create 11X17 anchors charts for your reading wall.
|Independent Reading Book|
8 1/2 x 11