One of the things I love about teaching is creating new tools to keep my students engaged, especially when tackling reading skills. These reading response booklets will be a hit with your students and you can create them your way to ensure the skills your students need most are the skills they are practicing.
From the beginning, Junie B. Jones tells her readers that the B in her name stands for Beatrice. Except she doesn’t like Beatrice. She likes the B and that is all. Since the B is so important, I decided to include a B-shaped response booklet!
Do you remember when Junie B. learned she needed glasses in Junie B. Jones First Grader at Last? Since the glasses become an important part of Junie B.’s appearance, I thought it would be fun to include a glasses template, too! You can print the templates onto colored paper or let the students decorate them. You can also choose to turn them into sunglasses by adding black lenses.
Within each craft response booklet there are two options for the pages you can include. One set of pages is already formatted with specific responses: characters, setting, problem/solution, silly sayings, favorite part, and a book review.
The second set of pages are more open-ended. These pages have full writing lines, half picture/half writing lines, or a full picture page to choose from. You can pick and choose how to use them as you read. I use these pages for vocabulary work, main idea, visualizing, summaries, predictions, and more!
If you love to use Junie B. Jones books with your guided reading groups or book clubs, you’ll be happy to know that I have started a collection of book companions for the series.
Each book companion contains comprehension questions for each chapter, a themed-response page to match each book, and a handful of reading response sheets. These book companions work well for guided reading groups, book clubs, partner work, and more! You can check out all of my Junie B. Jones resources here. I have plans to start a bundle of Junie B. book packs in the near future, so stay tuned!
If you are looking for more resources for guided reading or book clubs, you should read this post about Cam Jansen: