A New Freebie: Digital Reading Logs for Distance Learning

Is anyone else a little nervous about our return to school in August??? Given the possibilities of what "school" might look like, I am trying to prepare to maintain as much consistency in my instructional procedures as possible. Today, I want to share a product I have created to use in my classroom when we return to school in the fall. I'm also sharing it as a freebie in case you can use it as well!


Typically, I use the Take-Home Read Every Day (R.E.D) Folders as a core component of my reading homework. However, considering the many uncertainties that lie ahead, I feel it is important to prepare for as much distance-learning as possible. I don't want to lose track of my students' independent reading, nor do I want them to feel that they are not held accountable for reading daily. I have created a digital version of my own reading logs that can be used in a Google Classroom (or other learning platform) and allow students to virtually document their daily reading efforts at home.


The process is simple for teachers: Download the Google slideshow, post your own copy into your google classroom, and assign each child his/her own reading log within the file.

Since this is intended to support reading at home, I have included a parents' guide for questioning before, during, and after reading. Not only is this a handy "cheat sheet" for parents, but it's also a great way to ensure that your students are being asked relevant questions about the texts they are reading at home.