Starting the week of January 10, students will be keeping a daily reading log of their at home reading. Third grade students are expected to read at least 30 minutes every day at home in addition to at least 30 minutes of indepedent reading at school. In order to maxmize exposure to new words and types of texts, students should be reading word-based non-fiction and fiction books as much as possible, not just graphic novels or comic books.
The first reading log will come home in your student's Boomerang Folder on Monday, January 10. Student's should fill it out everyday at home, then return it to school in their Boomerang Folder on Friday for me to check. As I want this to be a student responsibility, not a parent responsibility, I will do my best to remind students of the expectations and due dates as often as possible. Finally, students will bring the log home with them on Friday so they can continue to log reading over the weekend.
We'll practice filling out the book log in class. Students will log the date, book title, pages read and number of minutes read every day. It should only take about 2-3 minutes each day to complete.
Why does reading every day matter? Please take a look at this powerful graphic from Scholastic about reading 20 minutes a day. 3I students also noted that reading is fun, builds imagination, improves their writing and spelling, makes coming back from break or summer vacation easier, and makes them feel like they do better at school.