My students absolutely adore our (beanie baby) Reading Friends and poster set!
As I introduce the many reading strategies at the beginning of the year I always have a little help from our “Reading Friends”.
Our reading buddies help the students focus on becoming good readers. Each of my students is assigned a beanie buddy as a reading goal to start off the year. Once they have learned the reading strategy their “beanie buddy” they are ready to become best buddies with a new goal.
I can not begin to express how effective this is in my classroom of firsties. They are eager to become friends with the whole clan of Reading Buddies. They sure do motivate my students to pick up on their helpful tips!
Reading Strategy Friends:
I can look at the pictures. (Eagle Eye)
I can make the beginning sound. (Lips the Fish)
I can blend sounds. (Stretchy Snake)
I can look for word chunks. (Chunky Monkey)
I can “flip” the vowel sound. (Flippy Dolphin)
I can skip the word. (Skippy Frog)
I can keep trying. (Tryin’Lion)
I can ask for help. (Helpful Kangaroo)
Try it in your classroom, you’ll love it!
You can purchase the 8 poster set at my TPT store:
This poster sets keep students motivated and builds self-awareness of how to become better readers.
8 bookmarks or reading trackers
8 Teacher Helpers (great for visual aids during small group work)
8 sets of reading goal cards or brag tags (9 to a page)
8 sets of reading trackers (adhere to Popsicle sticks) – 2 sizes available
Print one or two per page in color for classroom display and then clip students names to their personal reading goal. I have found printing 2 per page saves classroom space!
Also, I print the goal cards in b/w so I can send a copy home for parent awareness/involvement and to document student growth in a data portfolio.
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