Reading Logs & FREE Reading Log Starter Kit

25 September 2012
I cannot believe I have never posted about reading logs before!  I wrote a whole darn book on them!  I know, I said my next post would be about "Book Baggies," but I really want to finish aligning my Reading Comprehension Cueing Cards to the Common Core Standards before promoting them again.  That snowballed into me updating the graphics!  Then, I updated to Mountain Lion OS X for my iMac and what a huge mistake!!!   My Preview application changed so that I could no longer add hyperlinks to PDF files!   I really almost threw my Mac out the window!  I am still really angry with Apple and I have no clue how to go back to my old OS.  I had to purchase a new PDF-Editor program on top of already purchasing the Mountain Lion OS X!  So Apple, if you are reading this I left you a comment and I am not a happy camper!  I think 5 Ipads for my classroom would make me feel a lot better :)  Click here to read the thread about the issue.  So readers, just hold tight  on the Book Baggie Post and I apologize. 

On to reading logs!  Click above for my FREE Reading Log Starter Kit and read below for some tips! 

I send home a reading log every Friday and it is returned to school the following Thursday.  I do this so that I have a day cushion for students who "forget" to bring it in.

The number labels on the tabs help me keep track of returned reading logs.  I assign each student a number according to their alphabetical order on the class list. For more information on the numbering system and the number labels, check out my Back to School Organizational Forms and More Packet on TpT. 
Each week, I place the reading log inside the folder.  Most of my reading logs are from my book.  You can check out the book by clicking the picture below. 

I try and vary my reading logs as much as I can and I also utilize these resources below.  Click on the images to check them out. 
This freebie is by Rachelle Smith of What the Teacher Wants

These sheets are by Michelle Oakes of Fabulous in First Grade

These two packets are by Lindsey of The Teacher Wife.

 These higher order thinking skills packets have been bundled together by Anna of Crazy for First and can be found here.

This is an adorable packet by Kim Adsit of KinderGals

This packet is a great for challenging your gifted firsties or for use at the end of the year.  Amanda, of One Extra Degree, teaches third grade.  These activities could be modeled whole class or utilized in a guided reading group. 

I hope this post helped you out!  Be sure to follow by email or FB for instant alerts on when I post again.  I promise there is a valuable contest coming up and to get to that Book Baggie post!  Thanks for reading. 


  1. THanks for the shout-out, Erica!! Love ya! :)

  2. Thanks for putting tons of reading log/resources all in one post! Teachers can really benefit from all these different ways to keep students accountable for their reading and all the different ways to assess readers! You're freebie download is great, too! I love how it is organized for the students in the file folder! Perfect, thanks!

    The Classroom Game Nook

  3. Where did you get the sight word quilt from pictured?
    Corey Power

    1. It is from my Reading Response Sheet book.

  4. Erica ~ Is this your only homework for the week, or do you send additional homework? Just curious! As a 1st grade teacher (and a parent of two primary school-aged children), I'm not a fan of homework at the young ages. However, if it can be linked to bedtime reading, then I'm all for it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I do give H.W. in addition. One math workbook page and student choice of spelling homework. I send home a packet with 3x each, unscramble the word, rhyme the word, sentences, and a word search. Each night they pick a spelling activity of their choice.

  5. Erica, wow! You amaze me! I have always had a home reading program, but have struggled with whether or not to include a written component. I love the way you set this up, the way it's organized, and the variety of activities. I have your book and love it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have your book and Lindsey's packets and use them all the time! :)

    Sugar and Spice

  7. What a perfect post! This has helped me tremendously!


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