Four Blocks Literacy Model

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  1. runsw/scissors

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    Does anybody here use this? We sell quite a few books targeted for this program in the store, but my school doesn't use this officially. I don't think anyone in my building has even heard of it. Anyway, I found this book recently that is a month-by-month set of lessons and activities (phonics and vocabulary) for fifth graders. I asked my principal what she knew about the FBLM, and she couldn't help me either. I really like the lessons in this book and want to use them in my room, but 1) I don't really know what to expect in terms of results 2) I don't know how the kids (and parents) will react to something so different from their previous experience (more traditional) and 3) because of 1 don't know quite how to explain or justify this when questioned by parents. So I am turning to all my virtual collegues in the intermediate grades for help. I am always looking for ways to be a better and more effective teacher. This looks really good to me, but...
     
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    I use four blocks! It's just not exactly how it's supposed to be, I'm doing everything, just in different ways.

    Writing - We have a writing workshop which is the same structure as four blocks
    Independent Reading - as part of our reading workshop
    Guided Reading - I do a minilesson whole group as part of our reading workshop, and small guided reading groups
    Working With Words - we do word wall and phonics through out the day, not in one block, which would be nice!
     
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    I used this with my second graders last year and have moved up with them to third grade. I love using it and can really tell that it makes a big difference! I had a struggling class last year and their growth was amazing! I would highly recommend it and the Working with Words block is a great break from the 'usual' spelling.
     
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    I am only planning on doing the Working With Words this year. I don't know anything about the other blocks really.
     
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    I use this model. I love it! I started with Working with Words, and gradually added in the other blocks: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, and I think Writing. I just love it. It helped me really focus when I was a new teacher.
     
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    I love the 4 Blocks Model. We used to use it regularly and now just in bits and pieces since we have our other curriculum.
     
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    My district is a Four Blocks District! I would pick up The Teacher's Guide to Four Blocks for the Upper Grades! I love the Four Blocks program and their teacher's guides will really give you a better feel for the program and how to use it effectively!
     

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