Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday...

If you are like me, you love to read, especially to your students. 

I like to read to them all the time, even during their snack time.  I thought it would be fun for the kids and myself to read a new chapter a week. 

A fun reading series to read to students is the A-Z Mysteries Series by Ron Roy.  They are fun books for elementary students because they each have a different letter in the title like The Absent Author and The Bald Bandit to name a few.  They have fairly simple text and plots so they are a fun group of chapter books.  Most are a reading level of 2.5 or 3.0 
{Please preview/read these books prior to using in your classroom}
These books can be found at Barnes and Noble,, Half Price Bookstore, etc.

I also like to have them respond to literature as much as possible so...I created this...

  An A-Z Mysteries reading response journal!  
This journal is going to be a quick one question reading response everyday after reading a chapter or two.    Get your labels for your students reading response journal here-A-Z Mysteries Reading Response Journal Labels .  These labels need to be printed on Avery Labels #5163.

I thought I would start a new thing on Mondays call Mystery Monday and its just for YOU!  Every Monday I will be uploading a new A-Z Mystery Chapter book reading response journal unit.  So, start making your binders to collect it all in.  Here is what mine looks like:


Gather some page protectors to keep the entire chapter's pages in. 

Each journal unit will include:
~Word Search
~Book review and Response Page
~Questions for 2 weeks (a question for each chapter)
~Questions for 1 week (a question for every 2 chapter)

So for the students, just give them a 70 or 80 count spiral notebook labeled with the A-Z Mystery label.  Each day, after you (or they) read, they will get a strip of paper with the question of the day on it.  They will glue it into their spiral and answer the reading response question.  Two responses can fit onto each page.  Be sure to leave enough room for a good response.  Depending on your grade level, you will expect more or less of a response. 

So, I know you are thinking...
How much is it going to cost me???
You are in luck!  It is FREE, FREE, FREE!!! 
{Sorry, the book is not included}

Get your first chapter journal unit for

Check back soon for more fun ideas and especially next week for your next chapter book journal reading response kit for
The Bald Bandit.

Happy Reading,
Coconut Cutie


  1. These look so cute! I tried both links but got an error both times:(

    The Busy Busy Hive

  2. Heather,
    Thanks so much for the heads up about the links. Please try it again, I think I have fixed the problem. Let me know if you have trouble again. Thanks!

  3. OMG! You are AWESOME! I've been searching the internet for activities that go with these books. Thank you so much!

    Mrs. D's Firsties

  4. LOVE THIS! Just purchased a set of these books for me to use with my 2nd graders! I was searching for some sort of "check in" each chapter and I think these are wonderful! Please let me know when you create other Reading Response Journal Kits!


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