Hi friends! This year I'm struggling with ideas for helping my lower students. I have many students who are BR(0) according to their SRI tests, late first grade on STAR, very below benchmark on Dibels, and have SEVERE decoding weaknesses. For whatever reason, these baby's former teachers didn't see them fit to begin RTI long ago, and are now in third grade without IEPs, and are well....struggling. Due to the nature of the RTI process, it will be months before an IEP is in place, and while I'm lucky enough to have an aide for much of my classroom instruction, I just can help but wonder if what I'm doing is really helping these kids. It's a proven fact that the more you read, the better reader you are. It takes these students a painfully long time to read our weekly story, we HAVE to use our basal program, and their weekly leveled reader. But then I have to teach them a comprehension skill on top of exerting, what is for some students all their mental stamina. We've been working in small groups round robin, but that's ineffective according to our reading specialist, and my graduate instructors....which I agree. These students just need to read, but they can't...they aren't in the room for self selected reading, they go to Title 1 Reading, and all their at school reading is WAY over their head. Most of these students are from low socioeconomic situations without a lot of parent support, so even though they are able to pick a book from school in their level to read at home on their reading logs, I can't guarantee that they read it! I'm just at a lost for how to help these kids. Even though I'm not a big fan of the basal, my average to high preforming kids a lot spend time reading with partners or independently to practice our focus skills, where my low friends really just struggle to get through the story, but yet somehow they need to understand main idea and detail, character traits, etc....... We've been doing choral readings in our small group, I read, they read back to me....but for some stories that just won't work. I often have them listen to the CD, and then we read together, but again...doesn't work for all stories. Any advice, suggestions, are greatly appreciated. I teach third grade, and the independent reading level of these 4 friends in question are mid to late first grade. A HUGE gap between them and their peers. We HAVE to use the basal and it's program components....and these students receive fluency inventions in addition to Title 1 reading small group instruction for about 35 mins a day.