07-06-2010, 10:13 AM
I also use Harcourt and must give tests at end of week, but have jumped in feet first to the Debbie Miller way of teaching reading. I am thrilled with this. It flows. It is developmentally appropriate. The children love reading. Every child improved their reading by getting their hands on hundreds of books!
15 min upon arrival: Pick books for the day, greet one another, attendance
845-900 Basal Reader(Harcourt)
9:00-915 Mini lesson and model with read aloud
(set purpose for reading using mini lesson taught)
9:15-9:50: Reading(buddy read, read alone, listen to reading)
1. Guided Reading with me
2. Seat work-reading log entry, word work, and Accelerated Reading tests
3. Read Aloud to parent helpers, one another or AR tests
Goodwill has been a treasure trove of joy for my classroom library. I have amassed hundreds and hundreds of books in 6 months time through this store. 39 cents a piece. Plus garage sales. If you have not gotten Debbie Miller's book yet, grab it up. You will be shocked how quickly 90 minutes of just reading goes by!