DEAR, SSR, independent reading... I call it quiet reading in my classroom. Don't let the name fool you though. It is never quiet in my room. It's always a challenge to make sure kids are really reading (not chatting, not messin' around or pretending to read) during this time. A few years ago, I decided to require my kids to use a reading ticket during quiet reading time. We don't use the ticket everyday, but it does hold them accountable. During quiet reading time, I want my students to practice at their "just right" level, touch the words, read out loud...and JUST READ so we don't waste any precious practice time.
I'm sharing one version of my reading ticket.