How would you split up this literacy block?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    My principal determines when each grade will be teaching each subject. We have designated time slots each day for content, specials, math, lunch/recess, math intervention/enrichment, and ELA.

    I am having a very difficult time figuring out how I am going to fit everything into the 120 minute ELA time slot. The 45 minute math intervention/enrichment time is a new, mandated thing this year, and, IMO, it is taking away from our ELA time. In the 120 minutes I have to fit in:
    -Writer's workshop (I would LOVE for this to be 45 minutes: mini-lesson, write, share)
    -Daily 5 & Guided Reading (I would LOVE to have three 30-minute rounds, like I did last year)
    -All of my ELA mini-lessons, read-alouds, etc.

    Here is what I would LOVE my afternoon to look like:
    12:30-1:15 Writer's workshop
    1:15-1:30 Read-aloud/comprehension lesson
    1:30-2:00 Daily 5 Round 1
    2:00-2:10 Mini-lesson (grammar, HF words, etc.)
    2:10-2:40 Daily 5 Round 2
    2:40-3:10 Daily 5 Round 3

    However, that writer's workshop time is actually the 45 minutes we need for our math I/E time. :( So, this is probably the best I can do:
    1:15-1:50 Writer's workshop (no sharing time :( )
    1:50-2:05 Read-aloud/Comprehension lesson
    2:05-2:25 Daily 5 Round 1 (that's right-20 MINUTE guided reading groups :( )
    2:25-2:35 Mini-lesson
    2:35-2:55 Daily 5 Round 2
    2:55-3:15 Daily 5 Round 3

    I was going to integrate spelling (Words Their Way) into my guided reading time, because I don't know where else to fit it in, but I don't think I will have time for spelling if my groups are only 20 minutes each. Does anyone have a better idea for splitting up the time? I'm very depressed over my schedule. :(
     
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    Can you do read aloud during a different part of your day?

    1:15-1:50 Writer's workshop (make time for sharing on Fridays)
    1:50-2:00 Mini Lesson #1
    2:00-2:25 D5 round #1
    2:25-2:35 Mini Lesson #2
    2:35-2:55 D5 round #2
    2:55-3:15 D5 round #3
     
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    I know you said there is a set schedule, but is there any way you can get a Daily 5 Round in the morning? Or read aloud? Can read aloud be during snack break or such?

    I have foraml writing instruction 3 days a week.
    The other two I fit in 5 rounds of Daily 5 instead of 4.
     
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    No, there isn't time for daily 5 in the morning. :( On Monday mornings I'm fitting in a 20-minute shared reading lesson, and then they will buddy read the story on Thursday morning (20 minutes). Otherwise, my mornings are tight. I have just enough time to fit in math, and I'm actually under for my content minutes. They will be eating snack during the comprehension mini-lesson in the afternoon.
     
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    questions:
    1. How many GR groups do you have?
    2. Are you required to meet with every group every day?

    I meet with my 2 lowest groups every day, without fail. My 2 highest groups I will meet with at least 2 times per week. I do not do rotations on Monday, because I use the entire time for whole group and cooperative table/buddy activities.

    We also have 120 minutes for ELA, but I also incorporate it into my Science/Social Studies/Health time, because my higher kiddos can be reading/writing nonfiction texts at that time, and my lower kiddos can be receiving interventions (often using nonfiction texts) as well.
     
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    I have 5 guided reading groups. We are expected to meet with our lowest group every day, and our other groups at least 3 days a week (per district policy). I might have to try to condense to 4 guided reading groups to make things more manageable.

    I do integrate a lot of literacy into social studies. My struggle, however, is that when I'm reading a book do I focus the discussion on the social studies topic we are reading about, or a reading strategy? I suppose I could do both, but I figure my mini-lessons should have more of a focus. How do you hand that? Do the kids focus mostly on the content, or on a reading strategy?
     
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    I try to do both, when the texts allow for it.
     
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    20 minute groups are doable! Give yourself a few weeks with the new time and then figure out any adjustments you may need to make.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I'm sure I'll play around with the schedule some more, once I'm in the swing of things. I will try to condense my groups down to only 4, as well.
     

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