I got an idea to help with our goal of 40 books per The Book Whisperer. (I did post a little about this awhile ago ) First of all, loving having my kiddos read every morning instead of "morning work". It really sets the tone for a peaceful start to the day. We have been having a Book Frenzy each Monday morning. If the students have books they have finished and want to trade out they can or they may choose to keep the ones they have but this is the only opportunity they have to change out their books. I have added their books read list and genre tally sheets to their data notebooks. I am using wonderful sheets I found at Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens. Some of her forms were from the wonderful Beth Newingham. So that is what I am using in my data notebooks....love it when I don't have to reinvent the wheel!!
I also wanted the kids to be able to visibly see their progress in the classroom as well as in their data notebooks so here was my plan:
I made a What We're Reading board. Each time a student finishes a book, they get a note card. On the card they put their name, the title of the book, and the author. Then they turn the cards in to me and I punch a hole and put them on a metal ring and hang them on the board on a fat push pin. (now, I realize that there are only 12 hanging there....I have 22 students so........some are slower readers, some have given up on a book, others forgotten....it's a work in progress.)
Hopefully these will get so full and heavy with cards I will have to come up with another way to display them:)