Reading Response Ideas for 1st Grade??

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  1. mauro227

    mauro227 New Member

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    Hi,

    This is my first year teaching first grade, and I've been asked to have my students write 2 reading responses in notebooks for homework each week. I've gone over basics like drawing your favorite character or writing about your favorite part, and I need more ideas on what to write about. Most of my students have minimal writing skills and are leveled at B-E reading levels. Any ideas for me to use??

    Thanks!
    Lauren
     
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    There is an independent reading contract book by scholastic. They have students complete activities such as write fantastic words from the book or write words that they didn't know.

    I have my students complete comprehension organizers.
    -making connections (they love the most!)... asking questions... visualizing....

    Also if reading expository texts... I have them write and/or illustrate 1-2 facts from the book.

    You could focus on main idea/ theme/ central idea. (We are trying to use all terms because all have been displayed on assessment tests) Have students write what they think it is.

    You could have them write a letter to a character in the book.

    You can have them write a book review or recommendation.
    I really did did not like ________________________ written by __________________ because ______________________.

    Have them describe the characteristics of a character. (This will take some prompting) Even draw pictures of things they think the character would like.
     
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    I think the book you mentioned is the same book I posted. I love it too!
     
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    I tried this last year and even though I teach gifted 1st graders who are all reading above 2nd grade level they hated it and so did the parents after a few months of it. I didn't do it this year. But I occasionally have them write out a question they had with the book or a connection they had to their own life, but only occasionally. I think 6 year olds may not be the best age developmentally to be doing written summaries or even 2 sentence summaries about books right off the bat, maybe after December?
     
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    It is! I checked out your links! Only two of my students are capable enough of using it now! Maybe more by the end of the year! :)
     

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