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Old 08-24-2018, 01:30 PM
 
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I was wondering what everyone uses to track home reading in 2nd grade. In the past the students have had to fill out the title and date they read and have it signed and I would check it once a week to make sure they read at least 4 times a week.... I hate checking that reading log and the kids hate filling it out. But I'm not sure how else to monitor home reading and make them accountable. Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated! I want it to be simple and not too much work for them so that it doesn't turn them off reading at home!


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Old 08-24-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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Read The Book Whisperer!

Conversations and authentic responses to reading will tell you so much more than a reading log that can be faked.
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I second the Book Whisperer! Even though it is geared toward older grades, the take home is basically that the only way to get kids to read at home is to get them so interested in a book that they WANT to read at home.

Reading logs don't hold kids accountable--they just make parents into liars You can have conversations with kids about what they are reading, which will give you an idea of who actually is, and possibly will help with accountability if kids know you will be meeting with them to talk about their book.

But Kids who want to read (or whose parents want them to) will read. Kids who don't, won't. The best thing you can do is give them lots of time to read in class, so you know they are at least doing it at school. Get them hooked on an author or a series and they will want to read more at home.
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Old 08-24-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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I am not an elementary teacher but I saw your post on the New Posts list.

A few days ago Zia posted a fantastic reading log alternative on the BusyBoard. I would have loved it for my kids at that age.

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=608018

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Old 08-26-2018, 09:16 PM
 
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There are a variety of different reading logs. I would change the type every few weeks to prevent monotony.


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Old 09-26-2018, 07:24 PM
 
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Give them something specific to do in response to what they read....a book report, answer comprehension questions, write 3 facts you learned, etc. I have found that specific homework tasks with an easily understandable response works best with most kids/parents.
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I quit doing reading logs when parents starting turning them in signed before the date of the alleged reading had even happened! I agree that trying to develop a true love of reading is the most likely way to have reading happen at home.
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