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As a result of literature circles being integrated into my fourth grade class' weekly routines, students independently read books of their choosing on a regular basis, and any collaboration they had regarding these books was mostly facilitated by them.
Here's a glimpse into my fourth-grade classroom, and one way to run (almost) paperless literature circles.
I divided my 29 students into six groups, and the students were allowed to decide with whom they worked. Throughout the year, each group read chapter books of their choosing, one after the other. All of the paperless work was completed in Schoology, our learning management system (LMS).
The students met for literature circles twice a week – Mondays and Fridays – for about 40 minutes per session. Here's what happened on each of those days.