Jul 23, 2013

A Visual Reminder to Read Critically

These are our READING GLASSES!  I use one pair to demonstrate recreational reading, and one to demonstrate CRITICAL reading. :). Recreational reading and critical reading truly do require very different methods of attack and do not need to be "viewed" through the same eyes.  I like to give my readers a visual to solidify the differences between the strategies used for these types of texts.  Can you guess which works best with each type of reading?

I teach fifth grade, and although you might think glasses without a lens are a bit silly, these work beautifully as visual reminders of how I want my students to read.

I model these pink beauties while reading silly poems, or maybe just a fun novel. When introducing the glasses the first time, I explain that these colorful glasses are for fun reading when you can kick back, put your feet up, and relax!  Stress-free reading time!  It is my goal that my students truly see reading as a pleasure and this is just one more opportunity to point out that pleasure reading is a big deal in my world.

Now these glasses have a very serious job. These glasses are for when you need to read CLOSELY with a pencil in hand. These glasses work well when re-reading several times is necessary to fully absorb the text. This particular cutie-pie is reading a Social Studies comic book. :)  I have several pairs of these CRITICAL READING GLASSES at my small group table, and my big kids earn them by showing lots of evidence of CLOSE reading. :)  Even big kids, including boys, love this stuff!

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  1. I love the idea of the glasses to differentiate types of reading. I think kiddos who don't love reading often assume all reading is "black glasses" reading. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a great idea! I like that the glasses give the kiddos a clear idea of what their reading goal is. Plus they look so stinking cute! I feel like I could do this with my kinders for comprehension during rereads. Thanks Brandee!

  3. This is a wonderful idea! I will be using this with my 4th graders. Thanks for sharing!

    Foreman Teaches

  4. I love this idea! So much so I blogged about it and your giveaway, http://mrscorbitt.blogspot.com/2013/07/taking-closer-look.html.

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    Tadpole Tidbits

  5. Stunning! I just may have to try this with my 4th graders! I think it will work great at small group. OOOOOOO I am going shopping today! Thanks!

  6. Just added your sweet giveaway into my post :) PS - My mom does this in her library and the kiddos LOVE it! Good idea!

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  7. Oh great idea about the glasses! I have fun ones with mustaches, and can probably find cheap serious ones too!


  8. I love these glasses! How cute! One year when I taught 4th grade, we had rainbow colored glasses with a theme in Writing called "Bright Writers" and they wore their glasses when they were working on Writing. It was cute!

  9. What a wonderful idea!! Do you have the students who wear glasses just put them on over their glasses? Last year half my class wore glasses! Crazy right? Now, some of them had glasses but didn't always wear them.:)
    I LOVE your social studies story board below too! :) I need to brainstorm how to be more creative with using my wall space for next year. The fire marshall is pretty awful at our school.
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  11. Another GREAT idea Brandee... I can see any grade just loving this. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Love the different glasses! Makes it very visual (ha! ha!)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  13. I just bought glasses with clear lenses to use for my reading centers! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  14. I love this idea! Just using the glasses as demonstration during direct instruction gives kids a visual. I bet they love wearing them! I can see this working in almost any grade level.

  15. I'm on the hunt for glasses now! Thanks for sharing this great idea.


  16. Fun idea to demonstrate two kinds of reading! Kids love this can of thing. Thanks for the idea!
    Conversations in Literacy

  17. Brandee--I love this x1000. what a great concrete visual (no pun intended) for the kids to associate with approaching different reading purposes/experiences.

  18. I love this visual reminder! What a wonderful way for kids to "remember" to read closely when they have those glasses on!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  19. But, what if the kid already wears glasses?????? :.(


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