Saturday, September 15, 2012

Building Stamina - Read to Self

2, 4, 5, 7, 9... Nine Minutes. The students have been working hard every day to build their "stamina" during Read to Self time. By Friday the class reached nine minutes! I am so proud of their efforts. The goal for our class is to be able to be independent readers and to sustain their reading attention for 20-30 minutes.


The children understand that building stamina in reading is similar to running a marathon.
You wouldn't just start by running 26.2 miles - you would gradually work your way up to it. This is what we are doing. There is a sense of urgency to become independent.


One of the most important aspects of Read to Self time is that the students are reading books of interest to them. They also know that choosing a "Just Right" book is key in being able to read for extended periods of time. Students were giving the analogy: "If the Shoe Fits..." Ask your child about the "shoe lesson" that was presented in class.

Check out this presentation below that was shared in class last week that goes along with finding a book that is JUST RIGHT.




Expectations for the upcoming week are high, and we hope to reach the 15 minute mark in Reading.
This week we will also begin building stamina in writing! Becoming independent learners is a priority in Room 310!

Happy Reading!




14 comments:

  1. read to self is great, but I wish we could read longer.

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  2. Zach, You will be reading for 30 + minutes before you know it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    Mrs. Carroll

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  3. read to self is so fun but i also wish we could read longer

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  4. I heard the class read for 10 minutes today - Excellent work!!!

    We cannot wait to visit the classroom on Thursday and see how close all of you are to your goal!! Keep up the great work! :)

    Mrs. Lightbody

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    1. Mrs. Lightbody,
      You heard correctly! Ten minutes in just a quick couple of days. I really am proud of the students. This shows a commitment to learning!

      Can't wait for Open House too! See you then.

      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. I love read to self and it's so much fun but really short.Mrs.Carroll please reply.Thank you!

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    3. Sam,
      I can tell you love Read to Self. You are always so engrossed in your book and hate when we have to stop. I loved hearing about the character in your story today. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Mrs.carroll your the best 4th grade teacher i have ever had in my whole life
    my mom thinks you are to and i will have a great year at the boyden school
    and i cant wait to start cursive writing because i love just love cursive

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    1. Rebekah,
      I am so glad you are at our school and in my class. I know you are going to have a great year! We start cursive - tomorrow!

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  6. i love read to self. it's so relaxing. i wish we could read longer though.

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    1. Grace,
      I was so proud of the class this afternoon. Seventeen minutes means we are almost there. We can begin building stamina in writing! Loved your story today!

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  7. I love read to self and that we can choose what we want to read!

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  8. hi mrs.carroll it's me rebekah again i love read to self it is so calm and quiet and it makes me feel calm and relaxed i can't believe weread for 20 min. i love reading i am a really good reader you know that don't you mrs.carroll

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  9. when are doing read to self again?

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