Tried It Tuesday: Reading Logs

I'm linking up with Holly again for Tried It Tuesday.  I'm such a nerd and spent about an hour and a half last night going through all of the previous Tried It Tuesday posts.  I love how she has it organized.  If you want to see what everyone's trying, you can click {HERE} to see all the posts.

Back to my tried it for this week.  In previous schools, my kiddos were required to do a reading log.  I have a love-hate relationship with them.  I understand that we need to make sure kids are reading; however, I feel like reading logs take the enjoyment out of reading because kids know they are required to respond and begin to view reading as an assignment, instead of something they do for pleasure. 

As a way to keep the enjoyment in reading, I created Reading Log Tic-Tac-Toe sheets. 

Tic Tac Toe Reading Logs

 Students have to complete 3 activities during the week to make tic-tac-toe.  The activities range from drawing a picture of the setting, writing a letter to the main character, creating an alternate ending, writing a song, and echo reading with a grown up.

My kiddos love the choice and the variety.  Since there are 5 different logs all with different activities, they get each log about once a month.  In talking to the kids, they view the activities as fun and not so much of a chore since there are different activities that aren't just the standard "write about what you read."  You can check them out in my TpT store by clicking on the images above.

Do you use reading logs?  How do you try to make it fun?


  1. What a great idea! I'm feeling the same about reading logs. So hard to keep track of sometimes, and also hard to know when they really are reading. I've done a status of the class before which helps... Thanks for sharing this idea! :) Have a great day!
    Mrs. Bentin’s Blackboard

  2. I agree. Reading logs can sometimes take the fun out of reading. I have found though when I teach the younger kids, I have parents sign, I sign on top of them and add a little sticker. Once the kids get to the end of the log, they get a surprise from the treat bucket. Then we see who can complete the most sheets. That's the way I get around making it fun when it's a requirement. It's nice having 5th graders that I don't have to do logs with though. They are in such a fierce competition with one another on AR that they read without me nagging them! I really like your Reading Log Tic-Tac-Toe idea! I bet it makes a huge difference. I will pass this on to my primary friends.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I like that idea a lot! We have used a similar tic tac toe idea for Word Work practice and they love it. This year my reading logs ask for written responses getting them ready for the writing test they take in 5th grade.

  4. Love this, we do something just like it for spelling homework. Then we have a reading log...which I also don't like very much...

    Literacy Spark

  5. I have a love hate relationship with reading logs too. Students keep track of their minutes on a reading calendar and I use reading response logs from Rachel Lynnette as a morning work packet. They get to choose one reading response to complete every two weeks. Thanks for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper
    I am WAY behind keeping Tried Its organized on the blog. I stopped when I got a message that I could only have 100 links on inlinkz that way I have it set up.


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