When I started to plan my reading instruction for this week, I knew I wanted to do something different and new. I love studying spiders to pieces, but after a large unit like that, I wanted to do something a little more independent and reflective. I knew I wanted my students to work in their reading groups to make and confirm predictions and study the Author's Purpose. But, how was I going to keep track of what they were working on during reading groups?
That's when I thought of Reading Flap-Ups! Horrible name, I know! But, I am about out of creative juices. I made these 5 flap-ups for us to use this week. My students were a tad excited about the neon paper... it's the little things, ha!
My students cut out their flaps, folded, and glued onto a strip of black paper.
Then, they got busy in their reading groups. I had already modeled making/confirming predictions, but it's definitely something we will work on all this week. Today, my students made their predictions...
And recorded new/interesting words. They were told to only worry about those two flaps because we will get to the other flaps throughout this week! Worked like a charm!
They worked in their little groups all over the room... started with a picture walk, recorded their predictions, and then began to read after discussing. As they read new/interesting words, they would pause to write those down... then read some more :)
Well, after it was such a huge hit, I started to think of more uses for these little flap-ups. They could easily be glued into an interactive notebook...
Or even for a comprehension check after a read-aloud.
They are a great way to practice the focus skill and are very versatile! So, I made about 30 different flap-ups and put them together. You can find all of these plus more HERE!
I won't use these every week, but I can definitely see them coming in handy throughout the entire year! And, I'm certain they could even be made into a craftivity... of course my brain thinks like that :))