Sunday, March 24, 2013

Reading Organizers

Linking up with the fab Jivey for Workshop Wednesday - yes, I know it's Sunday! This week's topic is Reading Organizers. I heart reading time with my students (whole group, small group, individually), it doesn't matter-just enjoy hearing their thinking! Their thinking plus my obsession/addiction to Post-It notes led me to design this creation: Reading With Post-Its! I've always been a fan of students organizing/collecting their thoughts, so we use graphic organizers in all subject areas. My students keep track of their thinking on these Post-It templates-something about those yellow squares makes it more exciting! The beauty of the Post-Its? Students have to be concise and thoughtful with their language due to limited space.
Here are some examples from a piece of non-fiction text we read in guided reading:

Students kept track of their thinking while reading on their templates. After reading, they had to sum up their reading in one sentence (difficult task for many of my students). 
 This example is from a compare/contrast post-it template about indentured servants and slaves. Students completed the post-its during my read aloud (Molly Bannaky) and shared/discussed with partners. They completed their summaries independently. It was great to see them using their "notes" and realizing the importance of being selective with the information they write. I use graphic organizers in all aspects of my reading block--guided reading, independent use, whole class lessons, written language, and content areas. For whole group lessons, I've had students take their individual thinking (post-its) and place them on an anchor chart so we can hold all of our thinking. When we read each other's thinking, we see other perspectives, confirm or revise our thinking, or tweak our wording.
My students love holding their thinking on these templates! I just have several copies ready to go at all times, there's one that can be used for almost every reading lesson. This resource has 22 pages of reading/language arts templates to use with common sized Post-Its. Enjoy a FREEBIE here and try it out because I'm linking up with Free 4 All with All Things Upper Elementary
Thanks Jivey for hosting this workshop!!! 
And my friend Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road is having an Ah-mazing giveaway which I'm so proud to be part of! Check out her adorable new blog by clicking the box below!


  1. I LOOOOVE anything and everything with post-its! :) Thanks for linking up!
    ideas by jivey

  2. I agree with Jivey, I'm all over post-it's. Love, love, love the organizers! Thanks for sharing about my giveaway too :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  3. Hi Joane,

    Thanks for sharing your ideas for the post-its. The organizers would fit in perfectly with the biographies I'm doing with my third graders right now.

    Learning in the Little Apple

  4. Love using post-its with my class too. Thanks for sharing.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. I love the quality of the organizers. It really takes the post it use to a new level! I've added this to my wishlist. Fantastic!

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  7. Joan,

    These are great. My 3rd graders will really enjoy this.

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  8. My sixers call me the Queen of Post-It's. They will enjoy this activity! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. What an awesome way to organize the post-it notes! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I loved using your nonfiction post-its pack! I blogged about it here:

    Thanks for the great resource, my students loved it!

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