Hi 5th grade teachers...I have quite a few questions! First, what does your reading block look like? Our district doesn't really enforce using the anthology; in fact, no one uses it. It's wonderful that we have the freedom to teach how we want, but overwhelming at the same time. What resources do you use for minilessons? Most of our teaching is done through novels. Any thoughts? What do you do for guided reading? We only have an hour and a half for reading and writing each day...it stinks. Do you use reading response journals?? Also, do any of you use centers? I've tried in previous years, but I get bogged down in checking student worksheets. Any alternative ideas? One old-school teacher used to bring in old items - VCRs, phones, etc. - for kids to take apart as a center. I thought it was a great idea, but I can see how it might get out of hand quickly. Any ideas on centers? How do you incorporate fluency into your room? We use Read Naturally for kids who need reading support. Do you use it with your entire class? What kind of discipline/consequence system do you use? Do you have a set of rules for kids to follow with set consequences if they are broken? Or, is it more general (ex: "Be respectful of others" vs. "Raise your hand") What has worked for you? Thanks in advance for your input!!!