Was The Book Whisperer on your summer reading list? If so, your students probably have a reading goal of 40 books this year. Did your parents gasp when you announced the goal at your Back to School night? One way you can help your students reach their goal, plus pay more attention to the different genres is by having “Genre Days”. Once a month, put students into small groups, preferably 4 or less, and read books from the designated genre. Ahead of time, ask your librarian for books to supplement your class’ library books for this category. You need more books than you have students. For every group of 4 students, you need 5 or 6 books because students’ fluency rates vary.
This was Traditional Literature Day. To make things a little smoother, books were divided into groups and stacked on the back counter. One student from each group picked up their group’s books.