After implementing Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) in my class this year, I’ve been looking for ways to add comprehensible readings for my novice level students. I originally started by adding our class stories to a binder. But something about a binder full of page-long stories don’t seem too appealing to students.
So I’ve started printing out mini booklets using our class stories. Students have been grabbing them constantly during our FVR time. Even though they’ve already read the story, there is nothing wrong with re-reading a story.
While, our stories are available as lessons, we are now please to offer Printable Mini-books and Booklets. We find students are more attracted to readings when they are more “book-like”.
We’ve added a glossary of all words to the back of these books. And each book gives you a total number of words.
If you have a story from a powerpoint presentation, save the powerpoint as a PDF. With your PDF you can print 2 pages per page and then staple together, or bind if you have a binding machine. I recommend this method because if you use powerpoint to print 2 “slides” per page, it will turn out much smaller.
Our mini-booklets, as shown in the picture above left, (Fotografia and Padres de Alma) are printed back-to-back and then simply folded and stapled in the middle.
Download our seven stories and print copies to add to your novice level classroom reading library.
I’ve also turned stories from Senor Wooly and other stories I’ve purchased from TeachersPayTeachers into mini booklets for my own classroom use. And next year, I’ll have even more FluencyMatters novels from my department order!