Reading Programs

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  1. ocean18

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    I was wondering if you could share what Reading Series/program you use and some pro/cons. It can be as detailed as you have time for or even a bulleted list. I'm just curious what programs you like and don't like basically.
     
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    My school follows a workshop philosophy, not a packaged program
     
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  5. ocean18

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    Such as Daily 5? Something else?
     
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    Teachers College reading and writing workshop ....read Lucy Calkns, Ralph Fletcher, Georhia Heard, Kathleen Tolan.
     
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    Ok thank you. I am familiar with Lucy Calkins.
     
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    I am thinking about using the lucy calkins reading units next year.
     
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    We use Treasures. I structure my reading block with Daily Five. I don't mind Treasures, although I've never used anything else. I teach first and I do use the Treasures units of study for comprehension strategies, high frequency words and phonemic awareness and phonics. I don't do the writing, centers or test prep sections.

    Sometimes I get frustrated that they wait so long to introduce a phonics topic, so I will introduce it early to those who are ready (magic e, er, ar, vowel teams, etc.). I think too many comprehension strategies are covered, as I feel like my students need a lot of practice with beginning, middle and end and main idea/details. So I review those a lot. I am disappointed that they discontinue big book read alouds half way through the year, but I just use my own books for that when the time comes.

    I use the basal reader in small groups only (stories can be too hard for struggling readers) and I do like the leveled readers because they incorporate a lot of science and social studies topics. I don't use the decodable readers much except for with my lowest readers, because although I like reviewing the phonics skill, the books don't make any sense. (Mole Digs a Hole, Wish for Fish, Fox on Rocks, etc.)

    I don't know if that's the information you're looking for, but I hope it helps.
     
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    We have the new reading series from Lucy Calkins. Love it!
     
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    What makes the Lucy Calkins books work? I am using them for 5th grade next year. They seem to only have teacher manuals though and trade books.
     
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    What else do you need? It works because you teach them a reading skill and then they practice it with their books. They have a lot of reading time...You confer or do reading groups as the others read.
     
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    I just thought the students would get a text book. I guess not. I want to do reading groups and have them keep a reading folder.
     
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    My school gives us free reign for our language arts as long as we follow the core. We have a program sitting around, but I don't care for it. I myself use Daily 5.

    However, my last school used Treasures and I loved it.

    • It's organized.
    • It has a great mix of the essential skills.
    • Enjoyable literature.
    • Made for differentiation.
    • Has whole group and small group materials.
    • I found it effective.
     

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