We focused this week on stopping when we're reading to think about what we just read instead of getting to the end of a story and not understanding it. Each time we stopped, I had the students write their "reaction," whether it was a question about what they read, something new they learned, or simply to say, "I already knew this, but I remember reading about it [here]" to strengthen that connection.
After practicing this for a few days together, yesterday I read to them and had them react as they listened, and then let them fly solo with the skill. After trying it on their own, we labeled what our reactions were so we could create a graph of the most common reactions. The last class of the day was very excited to be the class who got to enter data and pick the graph colors :) I have this ready to post in our make-shift classroom Monday, and I found some fun space books for next week that'll let me pull in a little science to our reading adventures!