Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Literature Circles

Since we are all finished with state testing I have been trying to figure out what is the best use of time for my reading block. We are currently reading "Hoot" as a class and we have been doing class novels all year long. So I thought I would try something new and do literature circles. I have never done them before but I thought that since we have sort of been doing them all year long as a class that maybe it was time to let the kids try it on their own as well. SO I found some great resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for literature circles (sorry the link is on my school computer) and I made a folder for each group and let them choose their book and explained to them the expectations. They were so excited! They did so well choosing their jobs for the week and figuring out how many pages they needed to read each day to meet the goal of finishing the book buy the set date, and they started reading.  I am thinking, if this goes as well as it did today, this may be something I begin to implement every year after our state testing. Below are some pictures of my kiddos in their literature circles. Since this is all new to me if you have any advice for literature circles please share!


  1. You will find what works for you...just keep at it. One resource I find that I use a lot is EdHelper. I have a subscription, but there are thousands of books with questions. Scholastic has a huge database of questions for free, too.

    I just blogged about my book clubs a few days ago and you might be able to pick up a tip from there. Also, Tara from 4th Grade Frolics just posted something tonight.

    Fun in Room 4B

    Good luck

  2. I just read literature circles voice and choice by Harvey Daniels. I do lit groups all year in my class. It helps prepare them for state tests by looking at different literature and having authentic conversations about it. It's a great read!