My favorite part to look at is the “How did you choose this book” column. This is a huge help when I am recommending books to individual students. I love how the student below chose a book because it had the word “chocolate” in the title! A girl after my own heart!
The Books I’ve Read chart also comes from Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer.
I was a little nervous at first that my 5th grade students would be overwhelmed and not be able to keep track of their reading independently. To help them stay on track, I meet individually with my students at least once a week.
The students bring me their notebooks as well as their independent reading books. They continue to read while I check out their notebooks. I look for any trends in their reading life – are they sticking to one genre? Are they moving too quickly through books? Are they abandoning books often? How are they choosing to read new books? It’s a wonderful glimpse into what kind of reader they are. We then spend a few minutes discussing the books they’ve read or are currently reading.
I use the above chart to keep track of their reading list as well as any notes that I take during their conference. You can grab my conference sheet here for free!
I can’t wait to see how they do throughout the year with their notebooks and reading in general!