If you’ve been following our posts this year, you know we have been focusing a lot lately on FVR (free voluntary reading) as a tool for acquisition in the language learning classroom. Today we are going to show you how to create your own mini-readers using your own class stories.
Here is a picture of our classroom library at this point in level 1.The best way to organize it is to purchase a wire six-tier rack from Amazon. I then have a student job in each class as el bibliotecario (the librarian) to help keep it organized.
You can see that it features novels from FluencyMatters, SpanishCuentos, SenorWooly Pro, SpanishTeacherShop, as well as others. While Senor Wooly does have 2 graphic novels you can buy, he always has a TON of readings to go along with his songs. If you have a PRO subscription (I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t), go to the “extras” tab on a story page and you have access to embedded readings and more! While you can copy them for students, or put them in a binder, and add that to your FVR, why not print it as a booklet? While we say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, teachers know that the visual appearance definitely has an influence on students. Watch our tutorial on how to turn any text into a printable foldable booklet.
Download a blank template for any text:
This format is great! I took our Invisibles drawings and added little clip art to make different pictures for each page. Students are loving seeing their artwork and stories in our FVR library!
💯 Great video…you make make everything look so easy! 💯 I started putting our FVR stories into binders with a sleeve on the front to add the “book cover,” but your way is sooo much easier. Also, I’ll save 💰 by not having to buy binder after binder because it adds up! Also, thank you for the link for the shelf to hold the books…getting one! 🙂 Your help and hard work is much appreciated…keep being AWESOME!
The shelving unit was my best investment this year.
Great video! Great ideas!!! I can’t wait to try this in my classroom!
Nice! Have you ever thought of adding your Señor Wooly booklets to the list of “free” resources? Love the idea! Thanks!
I haven’t because they are copyrighted materials from Senor Wooly’s Pro subscription. I can use them in my own classroom, but I can’t make them available. If you don’t have a Pro Subscription, it is totally worth it. Best bargain out there curriculum-wise.