Here are my Ixtapa notes from my classes with Jason. I am trying to keep in mind that reading is the activity that gives the most bang for your buck, teaching spelling, grammar, vocabulary and usage…Leslie D said that she tries to get kids to re-visit a story in different ways up to 30 times. Here goes…
When you’re reading in a big class group, give kids their own copy and ask them to highlight as you go. Underlining also works, but is less obvious.
Write up all your usual instructions so as to project them while you’re saying them. Kids get to hear and read.
Write the class story on the board; students copy.
After the class has written the story, they take it home to draw pictures to go with it, to read it to their parents, to add thought bubbles.
(Ooh…a fun thing for telling stories: create person-sized thought or speech bubbles and laminate them so that you can write the phrase of the day and the actor can be holding it.)
Readers’ theater brings in emotion and mind pictures.
Play the reading chain game. Everyone gets a card that says something like, “When someone coughs, run out the door.” Someone else has a card that says, “When someone runs out the door, run and shout I love you out the door.” and so on.
Take the text home and add two sentences of description for each character. Next time, add two sentences that describe places better.
Play sequencing games, both seated and large-frame. Save them rather than remaking them every year. You can print them out onto different-colored card stock and laminate, so that they won’t get mixed into the wrong envelopes.
Question Cube game (mentioned here elsewhere): Roll the cube and ask a question starting with that word about the text. The student who answers first gets to roll and ask the next question. Students can play out loud or silently (could use mini white boards).
Most Dangerous Game: Students have text (for reference) and a pencil in front of them. Teacher says a statement. Students try to be the first to pick up the pencil…if the statement is wrong. They get one point when they pick it up correctly, lose two points when it’s incorrect.
Game: What’s my line? (or “Who said…?”)
1. Teacher finds or makes up possible quotes by different characters.
2. Jason uses big sized pocket chart with the title of the game on the top, and puts in sentence strips with the quotes. Can say them out loud, or require that they be read.
3. Students look for the quotes and write the quote with the correct name. Later they have to justify who would have said it, if it is not actually in the story.
Jeopardy: use all stories as headings, or songs, and ask questions that they can go back and check for answers in their reading.
Use graphic organizers for them to fill in after reading for understanding: who/what/when/where/how, or Venn diagrams, or before/after, or cause/effect: can google “graphic organizers” and find a lot.
Story Pyramid (I have no idea what this means)
FVR: when kids finish a book, they put a recommendation on the back to encourage others to read it too.
Running dictation game forces kids to re-read a sentence multiple times (teacher posts a poster with sentences outside the door. One student in a pair dictates to the other what the sentence says…can’t take paper and pencil with them…they trade off every sentence.)
Butcher-block story writing…cut into chunks and the next class puts in order.
Read and choose between two statements which is true from the story.
Give kids handouts: top 200 words, linking words, useful phrases, numbers, days of the week, months, so that they can always spell those out correctly.
I’m sure others have more. My Jason notes end there. Please post other ideas for getting kids to re-read!!