My sweet first graders are devouring books....seriously! They love to read. We administered the STAR test (through A.R.) the other day and they were all above 2.0...my top three were 2.9, 3.0, and 5.3. I was amazed at their progress! I only have 6 kiddos in my class (praying for more next year--enrollment was way down this year!). 3 are average readers; 3 are above average readers. One way I'm challenging my above average readers is by letting them read lots of chapter books and take A.R. tests during small group time. Also, I've been giving my Henry and Mudge reading trifolds to this group of kiddos. They have to read the trifolds and the books completely independently. The trifolds cover a variety of reading and language skills....cause/effect, making predictions, inferences, compare/contrast, comprehension questions, text-to-self connections, nouns/verbs, etc. I was so impressed with their responses the first go round. As part of their reading contract, they will be responsible for completing one of these each week! I'm also finishing up a set of trifolds for the Junie B., First Grader series. The trifolds are in a book basket like this....and the kids use the trifold as a bookmark while they work.
I'd love to give away a copy of my H & M trifolds. Please comment below telling me how you challenge your top reading group. I'll choose a winner later this week. :)