Sunday, March 22, 2015

Readers' Attitude Interest Survey

I recently am taking a Developmental Children's Literature class for my Masters Program. For this class, we began to think about all that was crucial to developing a positive community of readers. In order to do this, it was discussed the importance of gauging students prior feelings and likes about reading, also called a reader attitude and interest survey.

Because there are NOT many of these I could find in Spanish, I decided to develop my very own. The one I developed has all portions translated in both English & Spanish. The reading attitude and interest inventories are based on survey interview sheets that are administered to students. Teachers collect and analyze the data to determine what types of books and genres students are interested in reading. Both the English and the Spanish packet comes with the following items:

#1: Attitude Survey “Do you like to read?” This activity helps determine students' attitude about reading. Do they read at home? Do they like to read during free time? Do they like to read with a partner? All of these questions help to determine how they feel about reading. The students can select from three different adorable facial expressions I don't like, I like, or I love.

#2: Interest Survey “What do you like to read?” This handout allows students to look at a variety of book covers and circle which one most interests them. Each selection has a variety of genres to choose from. The data will be used to determine the genres the student most enjoys.

#3: Interest Survey Answer Key: This answer key is used to help the teacher determine which genres the student is most interested in reading.

#4: Interest Survey Student Data Form: This paper is used for the Teacher's Records. It is a easy way to look back on what genres the student enjoys, and doesn't enjoy. It is also a useful tool for students to look back on once they have grown in their reading and to see if their interests have changed over time.

#5: Monthly Reading Goal Tracker: Motivate readers using this handy Monthly Reading tracker. Students can count the ticks in the clock and shade in the number of minutes they read each day! There is a spot for parents to sign off, and a spot for students to write their total number of minutes read throughout the month.

I have uploaded this to my store for you to purchase for only $2.00! I have also given you a further sneak peek to help you decide if this is something that could be useful in your own classroom.

            Thanks for stopping by,

Maria Had a Little Llama

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez published August 20th 2013.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Theme: Animals, Culture
Age: 3 - 7

Quote: “María tenía una llama pequeña cuya lana era tan blanca como la nieve."

Awards: Pura Belpre Honor Award, Illustration Honor

Languages: English / Spanish

Review: Dominguez, a Mexican American illustrator, adapts the familiar rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to a new, Peruvian setting and offers each verse in both English and Spanish. When Maria’s white llama follows her to school, the students are amused, but the teacher sends him outdoors. He waits patiently while the teacher explains that the llama loves Maria because Maria loves thellama. Kudos to Dominguez for using the entire poem rather than just the familiar opening verses. On the other hand, there is no mention of the original authorship. Using distinctive features of Andean dress, culture, and landscape (at one point the characters stand of a map of Peru), the gouache-and-ink illustrations feature bold lines and simple forms. Dominguez uses color effectively, with the white llama and Maria’s bright red cap making them easy to spot. With its cheerful combination of fresh and familiar elements, this distinctive version of the rhyme makes a fine addition to library collections, particularly where there is a demand for bilingual picture books. - Carolyn Phelancome