Reading Block - Looking to Restructure

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Calalilys, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Calalilys

    Calalilys Comrade

    Jul 21, 2007
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    Mar 25, 2009

    I am looking to restructure my reading block. We have 90 minutes for reading instruction and 30 minutes for writing. I would like to tie them together and somehow work my writing block into the reading content for the week. So far, writing has been a stand alone block of time. I have been reading The Daily 5 and think it's a great concept, but parts of it will not work for me. We are mandated to use the reading basil and the corresponding level readers each week and there is NO room to allow students to read a book of their choice independently. So, my questions are:

    1. How can I utilize the idea of The Daily 5 with the restrictions that I am under?

    2. How do you set up your reading block of time if you're using the reading basil?

  3. leighbball

    leighbball Virtuoso

    Jul 6, 2005
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    Mar 25, 2009

    Just a thought- I changed the Daily 5 to the Daily 3 for my room- read to self, read to someone, and working with words. Its been very successful this year I may do all 5 but not do all 5 each day (have a schedule for the kids).

    I don't have to use a basil, although I use our old series (Literature Works) on Fridays for whole group I meet with my guided reading groups M-Th and on Fridays we do whole group lessons and progress monitoring for RTI. When I used to do purely Lit Works, I had a schedule like this:

    Mon- vocab and pre-reading strategies
    Tues- read story
    Wed- Comprehension
    Thurs- word work
    Fri- vocab quiz and extension

    I don't know if that helps or not :)

    Also, I've always been told that you can even do guided reading with anthologies...just base it on their level of comprehension and such. Hope that makes sense!

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