2. Make finding a good-fit book part of your morning routine. Each student should have 2 or 3 books at their desk, ready to read. I liked giving my students a Book Baggie. They kept at least 3 books in it at all times. When one book was finished it was taken out and another was put in. This Book Baggie went home every night and was returned the next morning.
4. Schedule a relax and read time after recess or lunch. Kids can get their water bottle and find a place around the room to relax and enjoy their book. In order to maximize the time, set a timer. When the timer goes off, if everyone is in their spot and reading, the class earns a point toward a Friday reward.
5. Connect independent reading to your reading lessons. One way to help connect your reading lessons to the independent or read-to-self time is to use Thinkmarks. Thinkmarks are small bookmarks students keep in their book to remind them of a recent skill or strategy taught during a lesson. The Thinkmark may even have a place for students to stop and jot down notes as they read.