90 minute reading block schedule

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  1. TXforever

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    Aug 12, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Hi All,

    I need some help organizing my 3rd grade reading block. Ninety minutes sounds like a long time, but I'm having trouble fitting everything in. I was hoping to get some examples and input from you all!

    TIA
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    I am having the same issue with 165 minutes.

    I would do a balanced literacy approach. I start the day out with an interactive read a loud. Then I go into word work and explaining what they'll be doing with the word work. I then, will go into a shared reading with a novel we are reading (one that we will practice during guided reading). Then, we do a reading workshop model. Finally, they do centers 20 minutes each where I pull my guided reading groups, and students do word work, computers (raz plus), SSR, writing. Then, we do writing workshop.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    My third grade reading block schedule goes like this:
    20 min: Interactive Read Aloud
    10 min: Mini-Lesson
    45 min: Workshop (independent reading, conferences, partnerships, book clubs, strategy groups, guided reading)
    5 min: Close/Share

    I have 15 more minutes in the block, technically. But, with the transition from lunch/recess and a bathroom break at the beginning of the block, plus packing up and transitioning to specials at the end of the block, my 95 minute block is really cut down to an 80 minute block.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Admin doesn't want centers during this time. :unamused:

    I think maybe I'm spending too much time on my focus skill that I'm not getting to SSR and writing.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Personally, I find centers to be too much work for the teacher to prep anyway. I'm not a fan of centers. A traditional reading workshop approach is the easiest on the teacher and gives the students the most benefit, in my experience.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    See I have a 3 hour block for reading and social studies. I'm now trying to fit things in. I might not have enough lol.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    My schedule is a nightmare this year. I have a lot of pull outs to work around!!!
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Would you mind giving me more details on the activities during your 45 minute time? Like partnerships, book clubs, and strategy groups?

    Thanks so much!
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Last year, I had about 5-6 groups at any given time who I would meet with. One group was guided reading (far below level), one group worked on strategies (slightly below level), and the others were all book clubs (on or above grade level). I met with 2-3 groups per day and tried to meet with groups anywhere from 2-4 times per week (meeting with the below and on level readers more often than the above level readers). I very rarely allowed my students to meet with one another unless it was during our group meeting time.

    This year, rather than be quite so structured, I'd like to be more flexible. I want to do more one-on-one conferencing (ideally, once per week per student), which will help me to group my students into flexible strategy groups that I meet with on an as-needed basis. I'd also like to start my students with partnerships before moving them into book clubs. In my mind, I imagine that I'll have partnerships meet about three times per week, with book clubs meeting twice per week. While I hope to listen in and coach partnerships and book clubs, I'd like to get them to the point where they can meet without me being present throughout their entire meeting.

    Both last year and this coming year, any time a student is not meeting with me or a peer, they are expected to be doing independent reading or writing about their reading in their reading notebook. They don't do centers, Daily 5, or anything other than independent reading. The one exception to this is that my far below readers have access to a RAZ Kids subscription, and they can do their independent reading using RAZ Kids rather than a book from the classroom library.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    http://www.heinemann.com/products/e02680.aspx

    I read this book over the summer and found it very helpful in planning for how I can improve my workshop time this summer by being more flexible and giving students more independence.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Same!!!! I have 4 people pulling out students from my class. I need to work around that.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    I've had to redo my schedule I don't even know how many times to accommodate everyone.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the info!
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    What do you mean? You should collaborate with them and your principal.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    I wish it happened like that. Unfortunately, we are given schedules from OT, PT, Title 1, spec ed, speech, and mentoring and are expected to work around them. We usually have schedules of all this before school starts, but that didn't happen this year. So, I got frustrated and made my schedule, and then they all started rolling in.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Ours is done the opposite way. We are given a master schedule that tells each grade level what time we will teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, as well as what time we'll do class meetings, lunch, recess, and specials. Then, all of the specialists (gifted, sped, intervention, etc.) are expected work within that. So, classroom teachers don't have a lot of autonomy with the overall schedule, only within each block of time. However, it makes dealing with pullouts so much easier! I'm willing to give up the autonomy in scheduling my day in order to not have to deal with the constant revisions it sounds like you're dealing with.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    My thing is.... if the student is being pulled out for this or this then we have to reteach a concept they have missed.
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Can you please explain what you do in your traditional reading workshop?
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    I explained it earlier in this thread (see a few posts above). Do you have a specific question that I didn't address?
     
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    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    I have an hour block when I have at least five kids, sometimes more, pulled out of my class.
     

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