This is “Reading the Room”. It was good for the first few times they did it, then it got to be too much “fun”, you know, walking around in groups, talking more than reading. So I changed it up, and gave them clipboards and told them to “Write the Room”. They could only write words they could actually read, and I would spot check them on the words they wrote. It became a nice assessment on what they could actually read.
A couple of weeks ago, this one kid came up to me after “Writing the Room” for awhile and said, “Can I just read a book? I’m EXHAUSTED (insert appropriate drama) from writing the room.”
And I said, “Why of course you can, honey.” See, I’m not sure they all get it that the end goal of all these other things we do is for them to be able to READ BOOKS.