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  1. carlalmiller

    carlalmiller New Member

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    Apr 27, 2011

    I am a first year teacher at a school where I must use basal readers. However, we're on our last story this week! My students hae really exceeded my expectations and I haven't had to spend more than one week on more than two stories all year.
    Now, I have no idea what to do for reading. Can anyone help me?? How do you structure your reading programs without a basal reader?
     
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  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    You could read a class novel together (try a Magic Tree House story).

    You could have the students read silently or in groups with you meeting with smaller groups. Maybe guided reading....
     
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    Rabbitt Connoisseur

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    I only use trade books...no basel.
    Read a novel or begin a series (Cam Jansen, Junie B, BoxCar Children, Magic Treehouse, Charlotte's Web)
     
  5. Srohl

    Srohl Rookie

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    What about....

    Doing readers theater?
    A poetry unit?
    Have students Vote on their favorite author and do a week of books by that author?
    Independent reading and a project to present to their classmates?
    A research report?
    A play?
     
  6. queenie

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    We use storybooks as mentor texts. For example, we find a book with a particular characteristic of effective writing, we read it, discuss it, etc. Then, the kid use the mentor text as a model for creating their own work. Often, we create a class book!

    We have done "Gorilla on a Bus" (used Duck on a Bike as a model); "The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Picture Day;", etc.
     
  7. TeacherApr

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    Not sure if you have these but we have what we call "tiny shinies". They are additional books (advanced, on level, below level and ELL) and are/can be used in small groups or for oral partner reading. I use one a day based on whatever "old" stories we have already finished. I pick 5 new vocabulary words from these stories and do the activity that goes along with it in the teacher's manual.
     
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    May 7, 2011

    Why not do an author study? Kevin Henkes, Leo Lionni, etc. You can go through many books to see all the author's craft they include.
     

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