In other areas, we have been reading Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
It's the young reader's edition, and my kids are loving it so far. I'm reading it aloud to them (a chapter or two a day). After we read, we discuss the characters, cause and effect, and we summarize what has happened so far. It's a lot of anecdotal records for me right now - not a whole lot of assessments going on. What do you all do to check students' understanding during read alouds? Do you check at all? Do you give quizzes, reports, questions to answer??? I'm thinking we will start logging our minutes that we are reading in class onto Learn 2 Earn (www.learn2earn.org). Haven't heard of Learn2Earn? I just found out about it recently. (I can't remember if I saw it on a blog or one of my tech articles/magazines, so if you recently blogged about this, please let me know and I can give you credit! :) ) You can watch the video about it here.
And did I mention that my kids are KILLING these prompts! They are writing amazing responses. I honestly wish I'd know about Learn 2 Earn since the beginning of the year!
I'll be back this week to tell you a little more about it after I get a few more pics of my kids using it!