This is my second year to adapt Donalyn Miller's 40 Book Challenge into my classroom. It's still a work in progress, but I'm excited about how it's going. This year I am working with four groups of fourth grade gifted readers in a pull-out program. We just ended our first quarter, so we counted up our progress and filled out First Quarter Reading Reflections. I believe it is important for our students to learn how to reflect upon their progress, strengths, and weaknesses to evaluate themselves as readers. Each class's 40 Book Invitation total (we count a 100 pages as a book, but students have to complete the book to count it as more than one book):
JFB 1 (13 students): 116 books - an average of almost 9 books per student!
JFB 2 (9 students): 77 books - an average of 8.5 books per student!
SLE (4 students): 72 books - an average of 18 books per student!
KME (17 students): 191 books - an average of 11 books per student!
Grand total of books read during first quarter....456!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An average of almost 11 books per student!
Wow! I'm excited to see where this invitation will take them all!
Here are some examples of kids' First Quarter Reading Reflections:
Here is a link for a copy of the reflection: