Sunday, October 21, 2012

Reader's Stop and Jot!

I've done this for a couple years now and my students have been very engaged and really enjoy it. I have also seen it on Pinterest as well... 

My students have sticky notes that they keep in their book bags. They use them to stop and jot notes and stick them in the books as they are independently reading. As a class we come up with ways that they may react to a book and record them on a chart. We also come up with a sign or symbol to stand for it that they draw on the sticky note. The students then write their name on it if they'd like and stick it on the page. They really enjoy seeing how others have reacted to a story when they check out a new book from our class library... :) 
And as we go through the year, if the students think of other ways to react to a story, we add it to the chart. For that purpose, I left a little bit of extra space on the chart...I just folded it under and paper-clipped it.

PS- I'm officially obsessed with sticky notes! I have a million sticky notes that parents have donated and I probably use them in half of my lessons...I just LOVE them! :)


  1. I like the idea, but I have a few kiddos that would sit and write on the sticky notes and use them all in one day. Do you have that problem?

    BTW: I'm still using Captain Apostrophe. The kids loved him this year. I'm thinking about making an Apostrophe Woman to go with possessive nouns. I was thinking she would keep saying "It is mine!"

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. I totally know what you're talking about! I made sure to emphasize that they shouldn't over use the sticky notes. I made sure to let them know that the small amount I gave them should last a couple weeks. I had that exact thing happen my first year I tried this and I definitely learned my lesson. They have to know that it shouldn't be forced, but something that happens naturally as they read... :) Maybe 2-3 stickies MAX per book.

    Also, I think the Apostrophe Woman would be amazing! I am super interested in that....So cool! Keep me updated!!! I'm about to introduce that to my students...Let me know if you want any support.. :) Thanks so much girl!


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