When students come to my table for reading, I like everything neat, organized and easily accessible. Saves me and them a lot of time that otherwise would be lost to noneducational activities. You know the kind: where is that? where did I put that the last time, I know I’ve seen that around here somewhere, etc… 🙂 So I try to keep everything I can in these notebooks. I can just grab the basket and hand them out.
I like to keep different colors for different groups.
Here is what I have inside my notebooks. What I put inside depends on what level the students are reading at and what they are ready for.
I like to keep pointers in my notebooks as well as a pencil pouch. For my younger students, we keep our ABC cards in there. For the older students, see the very first picture at the top of this post, we keep sight word cards.
I like to have an ABC chart or consonant cluster chart in the notebooks too. We take just a minute to read these. They are good to leave out when the students are reading to refer to if they have a problem with how letters should sound.
We do a lot of phonemic awareness and use Elkonin boxes sometimes for this. I like to keep them in plastic sleeves.
Do you keep Reader’s Notebooks? What do you keep in your notebooks?