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We do word work for 30 minutes..words their way. Then we have SSR for 30 minutes. And then we have reading for 50 minutes. Currently we are reading Escape the Giant Wave.

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bernard1 02-24-2018 04:06 PM

Thank you!! So awesome your administration allows you to do this!!!!! Have you ever read "Because of Mr. Terupt?" Excellent read aloud!! Do you have any read alouds you suggest?

JulieP 02-23-2018 08:21 PM

So, we have a built in 15 minutes after recess. At least 3 days a week, each teacher in 5th and 6th read to their class. No students following along. They can get some paper or their drawing journals and draw or doodle, they can color, or they can just sit (or in my room lie down) and ENJOY the story. There are NO responses to the reading, no accountability. Just I'm going to read to you. Sometimes I don't think the kids are listening because they are so focused on drawing, but then I'll stop, and they're like, "NOOOOO!!!!! But we can't stop there. such and such was just about to..." Each teacher reads books to their class that they like, so rarely have we overlapped.

Now, in my class, they can get something to read on their own during this time, and on the other two days they do. I have only one rule on what they can read. It has to have words in it. I don't care if it's a chapter book, picture book, magazine, Game Informer, comic book, graphic novel. I don't require certain lexile levels, or certain genres. I don't care. This is their free to read time.

Other times, we've done partner poems- grab a partner, and read together. I also allow the kids to flip their chairs and use them as back and arm rests.

bernard1 02-11-2018 05:37 AM

Thank you for your suggestions!!! Yes I am doing the novel with the entire class during reading. They love the book. The author has other great books the kids love!! What your school is pushing is what ours pushes. I do a read aloud for ten minutes (Currently reading "Because of Mr. Terupt" - which is AWESOME!!!! check it out!), and then conference with students. Thank you for your ideas!

cruxian 02-09-2018 04:58 PM

Okay cool! Plus now I'm going to check out Escape the Giant Wave, it sounds interesting. I'm assuming that you're doing that whole group with the entire class to work on whatever reading skills you're working on? Apologies if that's a stupid question, it's just a bit different from what I do.
I like the Words Their Way program.
I think the SSR could be done a couple of different ways but it's a bit awkward with 8 kids. Does it have to be completely silent the entire time amongst the kids? I think you could organize book clubs within your class. Assign a certain section of the text to read, provide a discussion prompt, have kids write about it and then have them discuss it. I've also seen kids be assigned roles within the groups.
At our school, they're really pushing us to have the kids read silently and have us have individual conferences with the kids. It drives me crazy tbh so I definitely woudl prefer book groups.

bernard1 02-09-2018 04:41 PM

We do word work for 30 minutes..words their way. Then we have SSR for 30 minutes. And then we have reading for 50 minutes. Currently we are reading Escape the Giant Wave.

cruxian 02-09-2018 03:09 PM

I do have some thoughts but can you tell me a bit about the structure of your literacy block in general? I don't want to repeat something that you're already doing in a different time.

bernard1 02-08-2018 04:30 PM

Good Evening

I was wondering how you structure your SSR time? My SSR time is during intervention time, so most of my class gets pulled for interventions. I have 8 students left and want to do something like book clubs during SSR. Thoughts?

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