During guided reading, I was having the students who were not meeting with me write “thank you” cards to a local business for help in supporting our field trip. I had opened up the company’s website and projected it onto the classroom screen. The company had this really cool slide show of what the business is all about. My students thought it was pretty neat and were engaged in watching it.
It got me thinking, wouldn’t it be cool to make a slide show to play during my guided reading block that would include inspirational reading quotes for the students to see? Would just one quote maybe spark one of my lower readers into finding a great book? I had to give it a try.
I created a 60 frame slide show based on finding great quotes and statistics about reading. My friend Eric helped me with the images and backgrounds (an area I am terrible at). We both think the finished resource is amazing. You can find it by clicking here.
Needless to say, it was a hit. The students loved to see the images and also loved to see the quotes that would display. They loved it so much that I decided to just show one slide a day and have that be our “focus” quote during reading. That also leaves my 59 more days of quotes!
The great thing about this resource, is you, the teacher, get to decide when would be the most appropriate time to use this. Whether it be during guided reading, Daily 5 choices, SSR (Sustained Silent Reading), DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), Reader’s Workshop, or any other reading block you have, your students will respond positively to what they see.
How to Use in the Classroom
I thought of other possible ways I could use the resource in my classroom. Here are a few of them:
- Running Slideshow- Use this resource as a continuous running slideshow that can play throughout your reading period. Currently, the slide show we have is set up to transition every 60 seconds. We have included directions with the resource on how to adjust the timings.
- One Slide a Day- You could also show one slide a day during reading time when students are reading quietly. It would last for 60 days!
- Reading Quote Display- You could also print out the entire slide show in color and have a featured reading quote of the day displayed in your classroom.
- Class Discussion- You could also display a quote each day and then have a class discussion about one quote and what that quote means to each student.
- Group Discussion- Another idea is to break your class into groups and provide each group a different quote to discuss. If you had 5 groups, this could last for 12 days. Or if you did one per day of the week, this activity could last 12 weeks!
- Create Your Own- There are many other ways it can be used as well. Enjoy and have fun getting students more engaged in reading!
Whatever your choice is for your class, it is sure to be a hit! You can find the resource by clicking here.