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An Easy Way for Students to Take Notes While Reading Books

By Beth Newingham on July 18, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

While my main form of Reader Workshop assessment is done when conferring with readers or meeting in small groups, I also want to hold students accountable for authentic reading when they are not working directly with me.

As students read their books, they are asked to use Post-it(R) notes to record the thinking that they are doing as they read. After they get done with a book, they remove the notes and organize them onto paper. I give students page protectors to cover the sheets so that the notes do not fall off.

I like to look at these pages to assess students’ level of thinking, and I often refer to the notes when conferring with readers.

Comments (6)

I enjoyed your spelling program and want to "spruce up" mine. On your webpage under spelling, I tried to pull up some of your spelling game and ideas. Do you have some where that explains the details of each game in the word study center? I want to incorporate those games and adjust if needed.

I am really excited that you are blogging again on Scholastic!!! This is a great idea. I had my students occasionally code their thinking last year in their reader's response. This would also work very well with your Post-It note idea. Thank you for your idea!

Glad you found this idea useful!


My daughter is going into fourth grade this fall; I love this idea for her!

Thank you for sharing:)

This is fantastic! Thank you!

I am planning on using a Reading journal this year. This is an idea that I can adapt to the journals. Thank you

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