Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Reading Response Menu

Linking up with my BBB Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! How do your students respond to reading? I’ve been using a Reader’s Notebook for years where my students and I write letters about what they’re reading, but I wanted to create something different for additional responses to reading so I present to youmy Reading Response Menu!

My students love it because it’s packaged in a cute mini file folder and it gives them choice. They respond to all three categories (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) on their response sheets. They love having choice, but all of the choices require them to dig deep and use their critical thinking skills.

I love these student samples! Such heart and passion!

Do you see that critical thinking in action??!! I’m so happy with this creation and glad I could share it with you today! I’ve been using my Reading Response Menus for some time now, but I had to get on the stick to have it packaged for Jivey’s workshop today! Thanks Jivey!!! This would make a great summer project to get these ready for next year! :O)


Go check out Jivey’s fabulous post-it idea and all the other wonderful bloggers that linked up! You won’t be disappointed!



  1. I love that idea! It looks so cute in the mini file folder, nice and colorful! A great way to get the kids to think more deeply about their reading/thinking. Definitely going on the wishlist!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. Love those mini file folders!!! How cute!?!? :) thanks for linking up, BBB!!
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  3. Oh, very cute! I love the idea that they choose a full meal. :) Cuteness!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Great idea! I just added this to my wishlist! I love anything that offers choice :-)


  5. These look so great! We are going to common core next year and really need to work on response to lit....I love that they are a fun way to do it!!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. Those are some great responses. I love the mini-folders and the idea that they would be creating a complete meal. I have not given my students this much free choice before - but maybe with these cute folders I will give it a try next year. Off to shop!!

  7. Yay!! These look amazing! Choice is huge! Just added to my wishlist. Thanks, Joanne!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. I love your reading response menus. Giving students choice gets them excited and they feel invested in their learning.

    Foreman Teaches

  9. I really like that students have to pick one response from each menu area. I can see using these menus in my future... :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  10. Love the mini file folders and the choice! I've already added them to my wishlist!
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