Ways Students Can Respond to their Reading

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What I love about teaching second grade is the transition in reading skills. In kindergarten and first, students learn to read through phonics and sight words. However, when they move to second grade, we work on a huge transition. We move from learning to read to reading to learn. Because of this, we need to provide ways students can respond to their reading. I love using reading response pages to do just that!

Why Use Reading Response Resources?

Reading response resources have so many benefits for all stages of readers. However, it takes a ton of modeling and direction for your students to know what you expect from them when responding to their books. Students can respond to their reading and gain knowledge to:

  • provide a detailed explanation of their reading
  • extend their own ideas of their story
  • make personal connections with their story
  • respond to their reading without multiple choice questions
  • clarify their understanding of their book in their own words

Reading Response for All Genres

There is a good number of response sheets for both fiction and nonfiction! For our fiction stories, students can focus on character traits.

In my Reading Response resource pack, you will find other maps that students can use to describe the characters. This is just one of a few!

A big part of reading to learn is understanding the problem and solution of a story. No book is ever written without a problem and solution!

Your students can also practice writing the summary of a fiction story! This definitely takes practice, so there are several different response sheets to help with different levels of readers!

In addition, your readers can complete the following response sheets during their literacy center time:

  • Become an Editor- students create a new ending to a story!
  • Story Summer- using SWBST
  • Story Retell
  • Reader Feedback
  • Facts I Learned
  • and a TON more!

To get you started TODAY, I’m including a FREE reading response page all about Problem and Solution! Use it as a whole group activity, bring it to your small group or assign it to your students that are ready for it! Just click the download button!

You can grab ALL the reading response pages in my pack by clicking the image below!

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