The state of IN has required us to do a 90 minute uninterrupted READING block. This may encompass the five components of reading:
2. Phonemic Awareness
Writing is not allowed unless it is a Reader's Response activity. Spelling is not allowed unless it's phonetically related.
The block may have content areas tied into it! So, if I don't get Social Studies or Science done, I can do it during my reading block. (Obviously reading related activities, not experiments or simulations.)
I LOVE the block! I am full blown into CAFE and Daily 5 (3 really!, since I don't do word work or writing).
Also, we're required in my district to do a Computer program called SuccessMaker and they are on it for 20 minutes most days.
I mostly do individual conferences. I do minilessons. The state of IN requires that we follow the scope and sequence of a state approved basal, so I just use the focus skill and focus strategy in my minilessons. I base reader's response off of those usually. I have a Greek/Latin roots book I use to teach vocabulary. (I don't use my basal series at all, with the exception of the scope and sequence and an occasional worksheet that goes with the skill/strategy. I may also use a lesson they have in the teacher edition to help me teach a skill/strategy.)
So a typical day:
25 minutes: First round of SuccessMaker, Read to Self, Buddy Read & I'm pulling student(s)
12-15 minutes: Mini-lesson (Skill or strategy based)
20 minutes : Second round of SuccessMaker, Read to Self & I'm pulling student(s)
12-15 minutes: Mini-lesson (Usually Reader Response or Vocabulary based)
25 minutes: Final round of SuccessMaker, Read to Self, & I'm pulling student(s)
Obviously that doesn't add up to a full 90 minutes, but it fluctuates! That's a general outline.
My read alouds go with my minilessons, and I tend to go over on those, even though my goal is no more than 15 minutes. But, if the read aloud is going well, it's hard to stop.
I do a Time for Kids each week, and I pass it out on Monday and they can work on that during their independent Read to Self time. It is due Friday.
I hope that helps! I've been doing this the entire school year and LOVE it!