We start our Reader’s Workshop Time with our 10 minute mini lesson. The mini lesson follows a very specific framework.
- Connect “Remember yesterday when we…” This is where I remind the kids what we learned yesterday.
- Teach “Today I am going to show you how…” This is where I state the new standard and model what it looks like.
- Active Engagement “Now it’s your turn.” Here is where the kids take their turn to practice the new teach.
- Link “So remember boys and girls, today and everyday, good readers…” This is where I restate the standard. Then, the kids turn and tell it to their partner on the carpet.
After the mini lesson we move onto independent reading.
- Each child has a set of “good fit” self selected books.
- These are books that are at their independent reading level (95% accuracy), high interest books they have selected, books that have been previously read in guided reading groups.
- The bag should have at least 6 books, but it can have as many as 10-12!
Independent and Partner Reading:
- Each child settles into their “reading spot” and reads independently.
- We establish the beginning stamina by watching the child we think will lose interest first.
- As soon as he is off task, we stop.
- Then, that is where we set the stamina.
- We add 15 seconds to the time each day, slowing building their stamina.
- In the second month of school, we introduce reading with a partner.
- This person is someone who is at or close to the same level.
- They read with their partner for 1/2 as long as they read independently.
Now it is time to get ready for guided reading.
- We group our kids according to their instructional level (90% accuracy.)
- On the Group divider page, we use post it notes to identify which children are in each group.
- Our groups are constantly changing so using a post it note makes it easy to move children around.
Planning for Small Group:
- This is the page we use to write our guided reading plans.
- We write our plans as we are finishing up with a group while it is still fresh on our minds where we want to go next with them.
- We use this 100 box form to make running records a breeze.
Here’s what happens in a small group lesson.
- First, we take a picture walk and build background information.
- Then, we practice any new sight words that are used in our text.
Then, we practice a strategy. Here, we are seeing just how many words we know really fast and how that helps us be better readers.
Finally, everyone reads while I “listen in” or take running records.
We use a variety of text for our small groups. I especially love anything by Rigby. Our kids are REALLY successful and feel so confident!
Here’s how they work…
- We take five non-fiction topics that we know we need to cover that month in our science or social studies.
- For each topic, I wrote a book. The great part is, we have the text at 3 different levels! That way we can use good fit text, and still expose our kids to the same content.
- Also, we made it where we could teach the same non-fiction feature, practice a writing standard, practice sight words, and select from 2 options for phonics or phonemic awareness practice depending on which is the best fit.
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