Get your READ on!

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment in your English Language Arts classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is setup to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read my 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment below.

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment in your English Language Arts classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

1. Books on display 24/7. Change them up weekly.
This is my display case of high interest books. I consider this my reading advertising spot. This is located front and centre in my classroom to keep the student's eyes on books. They can browse this shelf at lunch time or if they finish a task early. I love the Scholastic Top 10 Series! Great for grades 4-8. 


2. Comfy spot to read. I bought "reading carpets" to encourage students to find their reading spot. The carpets are the perfect size for partner and individual reading. This allows students to read anywhere in the classroom in comfort. I got these carpets at JYSK, but I am sure any big box store has something similar. 



Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment are shared.

3. High Interest News Articles. This newspaper article wall gets updated a few times a week. I get one of Canada's national daily papers to my classroom each day. I found that it was just sitting on my white board ledge and not being read. Now I tear out articles that might interest my students and they are reading up a storm! 

Use student created posters in your classroom.

4. Student Created Posters. I had store bought reading posters up, but this year my student created posters are a hit!

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment are shared.

5. Genre reminder anchor board. This helps students remember to read a variety of genres. 


6. High Interest Reading Assignments. My students read a different genre every month and complete different activities based on choice and interest. To see more information on these assignments click on the photos above. 

7. Student choice on reading material! Provide choice for major student readings: literature circles, reading groups, book reports. A little as choosing between two or three books helps engage students and enables them to control their own learning. 


8. High Interest Core Novels. Please stop reading boring books for read alouds and whole class novel studies. There are so many interesting novels to choose from. My two go to core novels for Grades 7 & 8 are The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I have read The Outsiders for 6 years now and not ONE class has disliked it. 

Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment are shared.

9. Student selected reading advertisements. I surveyed all three of my rotary classes, and they came up with these 11 books that they enjoyed reading. I printed off the covers and posted the plot synopsis below. Students are constantly walking over to read what their classmates recommended. 

Next week I am going to change the top row of my display shelf to showcase these Best of 2012 books. 


4 comments

  1. Wow, Kristy - lots of great ideas for your classroom! I think every student should have a teacher like you who strives to make learning interesting for each one of them! Great to see how you're guiding them to interact with their own learning and enjoying it! I enjoyed reading your post :)

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  2. Lots of great ideas! I loved # 3, the high interest news article, I sometimes am turned off by a big paper, but just one article, sure I will read it, and so will the students.
    again lots of great ideas, thanks

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    1. Thanks Barbara for taking the time to comment. I love using newspaper articles in my English program to keep things fresh and current.

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