Printable Reading Logs
Related ELA Standard: RF.K-5
Recording our levels of output, for any activity, allows us to chart our progress and document successes or failures. Students often use reading logs to track their progress and time spent reading. They are often used to document what was being read and how many pages were read. It is also a great tool for students to use to help them summarize what they read. You can later reflect on what you have and the pace at which you read when you finish the book. Using a printable reading log is not new and fashionable. It has been a practice of teachers for well over forty years. One of our staffers started their career as a reading teacher in the 1980s and can definitely say that she does not know of a time in her teaching career in which they were not avidly used by teachers and students. The best thing is that a reading log is a simple way to document a students reading achievement and this data can be shared with anyone involved with helping the youngster. These printable sheets will provide students with many different reading logs to choose from.
Reading Logs To Print:
Wizard Log - Read for 20 minutes each night. Record the title and number of pages read. Your parents should initial each entry.
Daily Log - A quick reverb for you if wizards aren't your thing. Record the title
and number of pages read. Your parents should
initial each entry.
My Weekly Log - When you want to get more detailed. We include the author in these entries.
What Did You Read? - This is about a 2-week log. Hopefully it keeps you busy. Teachers love the ghost image around Halloween time.
Book It! - Putting the time in now will make life much easier for you long-term. For the first time, we have you rate the book with our five book rating scheme.
Day by Day Reader - I found this log to be the best for my classes. It diagrams out for you each day of the week.
Read Me Every Night! - Trust me! You will love it! It is a different way to think about the normal old titles.
Weekly Minutes Log - It takes the book's perspective of completing the log. This is a nice way to keep a total reading time.
Rating Guide - Students love to be able to rate what they read. After a while, they become spot on towards their interests.
Minutes Behind the Page - If you can crank our ten minutes times your grade level each day, you'll be a super reader in less than a year.
Read Every Day! - Another flash of logs for you. Make sure to have your parents sign.
Remember the Days - Doesn't he look super confused? A gorilla and a book usually don't go well together.
Parent's Record Journal - The journal rules. If your student keeps losing their own log, have parents hold on to this one.
My Monthly Reader - Use the calendar to record how many minutes you read every day this month. On the lines below, keep track of the
books that you have read.
Why Should You Use a Reading Log?
Reading logs have been in use for ages. However, we will look in to why they are important. There have been various reasons provided as to why they might be very useful for you and your students.
In general, teachers who teach reading to students cite that there are several benefits of reading regularly. In fact, they go as far as stating that reading is the ideal homework and children should always be encouraged to participate. The ultimate goal is present the process of reading in a way to students that they find a great of intrinsic value attributed to it. This can usually be achieved by helping students recognize reading as fun.
It is a testament to this claim that studies have indicated that children who are considered high achievers in school are those who allocate extra time to reading independently. Another survey also concluded that reading frequently is the most common predictor of academic success in students.
Reading logs can serve as an inspirational tool for primary readers. Emergent readers can benefit a great deal from regularly using reading logs. It helps them grasp the concept of re-reading as well. This gives them an advantage as they can improve their comprehension skills and level of fluency.
Logs also contain tally marks and symbols which are decisive in reminding students to re-read their books and why it is important. Additionally, reading logs also provide teachers with information they can utilize.
These logs are meant to help teachers in the intermediate grades. They can help them in tracking the reading volume that is given to their students while the students themselves can track their own reading as well.
Essentially, reading logs are purposeful because they are a teaching tool for teachers who can collect data for classrooms. They are able to garner the requisite information which in turn helps their students have a more profound and stronger academic life.
How to Start Using Reading Logs with Students
Some teachers like to use logs with all their classes each school year from day one. Others only implement it into their classes after a problem has been identified. I have used them in both situations. I also come across many different teachers that think there is little to no value in using them. I really feel that it all depends on how you are going to use them within your classes. We should always be working to make reading a pleasurable experience for students. If you are going to use the log in such a way that it limits that experience, then I would say not to use them. I would focus on making them an extra credit of sorts or attach a reward of some kind to their use by students. This way you are encouraging the kids that they will help and not making them into a mundane task that discourage them from enjoying reading. I would include the log to help you come across works that a student may be reading independently and can share with the class. This will lead to colorful discussion and encourage even more sharing which is what we are trying to always encourage.