90-Minute Reading Block

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  1. mrking47968

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    Anyone else required to do a 90 minute reading block? If so, what are some center-related activities you use? Currently, my class has 5 (word work, read to self, read to a buddy, listening to reading -ex: a recording-, and working on writing).

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    We also do grammar and writing during this time, and my kiddos have a computer station as well (phonics software, edmodo, etc.). Oh, and teacher table for guided reading groups.
     
  4. kab164

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    Do you have a reading series? I teach Title 1 and we have Houghton Mifflin Journeys. In first grade 90 mins is barely enough time to do the daily lesson!
     
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    We have Harcourt Storytown, and I feel the same way!
     
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    I'm departmentalized. There's no way I could do all the reading and ELA I need to cover in 90 minutes a day. I have just shy of 2hours to teach reading, and writing/handwriting. My team teacher does an additional 30 or so minutes of grammar/spelling.
     
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    Wow! I wish I had that much time! LOL
     
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    I have 90 minutes for reading and 60 for language. It's a struggle to get everything in even with all that time.
     
  9. queenie

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    We have a 90 minute block and we do this:
    Writing (20 mins)
    Whole Group Reading (20 mins)
    Small Group Reading (50 mins)
    During small groups, kids rotate through small group, computers, Spelling, Reading, and Writing stations.
     
  10. FarFromHome

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    I had a 90 minute reading block when I was at a school that used Imagine It. Language was later in the day. The program was scripted, so we didn't get a lot of choice in what to do during the block.
     
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    We do....

    30 min SSR (on computer, leveled passages on RAZ kids)
    30 min whole group reading
    30 min Guided reading (I take one group, sped teacher takes a group, aide takes a group, so we don't have to do centers)
    30 min Writing/handwriting

    This past year, I was trying to do writing AND grammar in that last 30 minutes. It was impossible. I also teach science in addition to ELA.

    My partner teacher (math/social studies) was not teaching any of the language arts except spelling and handwriting, neither of which is taught every day at my school. So I told her to make it fair this year, one of us needed to do grammar and one writing, and we could divide the other two as well.

    So, in addition to my schedule above, my partner teacher will be doing:

    30 min grammar/spelling
     
  12. iteachbx

    iteachbx Enthusiast

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    15 minute min-lesson
    5 minute active engagement

    30 minutes independent reading (while I conference/do guided reading)

    10 minute share

    The final 30 mins is split between word study/test prep. We alternate days. In the beginning of the year we start with 20 mins word study, 10 mins test prep. Then when the test gets closer we do 2 days a week of word study and the rest just 30 minutes of test prep.

    Writing has it's own 45 minute block.
     
  13. mrking47968

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    I like the 10 minutes share, hadn't thought of that!
     
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    It's a good way to assess the kids you didn't get to see/talk to during conferences or guided reading for the day.
     

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