Friday, August 12, 2011

Reader's Notebook

I can't believe that school is starting in just a week! I am planning on implementing the Daily 5 and CAFE in my classroom and had some questions regarding reading notebooks. I have never had my students use a reader's notebook before and was wondering if any of my blogging buddies could help me. What kinds of documents do you include? I have some ideas about a reading log, genre list and tally, etc. Also, if anyone has any documents they could share that would be terrific. My e-mail address is Thank you so much for all your help!


Mrs. Shepherd

My Readers' Notebook will be divided as follows: reading log, vocabulary collector, reading response, and fluency. Sorry no forms to share I am trying to go paperless. I am will distribute sticky notes to the students to tab their sections.


My 3rd graders use their readers' notebooks much like the 3rd graders in Beth Newingham's class. She does a great job of explaining the purpose and use of her readers' notebooks and provides many of the resources on her website.'s%20notebooks.htm
You'll find her website very helpful!!


We are using Reader's Notebooks this year with our 4th graders as well. Our sections are shared readings, (weekly songs and poems), mini lessons, vocabulary, reading logs, literature responses, and glossary of literary terms.

Fantabulous 4th Grade
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Fantabulous 4th Grade

There are many ways to go about the reader's notebook, but here are some ideas I have seen/used:

1. Table of Contents (helpful for students and teachers to know exactly where things are located and where you have space to place/add things to the notebook)
2. Mini-lessons (where students keep hand-outs, examples, and notes)
3. Vocabulary
4. Reader's Response
5. Conference log (notes from the teacher/dialogue between teacher and student in regards to their reading)
6. Student reflections (a section for students to write....some what similar to reader's response)
7. All of the things you mentioned in your post (reading log, genre chart, tally sheets, etc.)

I also have an incredible example of how to decorate the notebooks on my blog, so feel free to check it out.

I hope this helps!

Ka'Shawna @

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