Saturday, September 27, 2014

What I've been up to...

What have I been up to lately!? Surviving. Just simply trying to survive September! Although I love watching/helping my kids grow (and, oh, how they have) as we set up our classroom routines and expectations, there's no getting around the fact that the first month of school is exhausting! I've been meaning to blog - I really have.  So, several weeks later, here I am!  One part of our day that requires a lot of "training" and practice is my reading block, which is why I chose to share some aspects of it with you.  There's a lot going on simultaneously and there is an expectation of independence during our rotations.

I will be starting reading groups next week - yay! So it is essential that my kids are comfortable with the routines of our reading block. My reading block is about 1 hour and 45 minutes - mini lesson, FIVE reading groups (whoa!), and a closing/sharing time. If I had to describe my reading instruction, I would say it's reading workshop with my own take on Daily 5. I have found that my kids work best when we rotate through jobs as a class, so we have a schedule that includes 1) read to self, 2) word work, 3) listen to reading, 4) spelling word practice, and 5) read with teacher. (I'm tweaking my schedule this weekend, but will post what it looks like when it's complete). "Spelling word practice" includes activities from my pack here that I choose to use for our weekly spelling words. During "word work," students are doing activities with their weekly Words Their Way sort. The rest is pretty self explanatory. 

I've been introducing the routines with the word sorts at the table with me for about the last week and half as we've been establishing out reading rotations routines.  Hopefully they'll be ready to handle it independently next week!  Here's what our "word work" routines have been so far...
Literacy instruction is my passion and I'm so excited that we are getting  into our groove and ready to get rolling with reading groups! What have you been up to?

1 comment :

  1. We just finally got into a routine with our rotations. I have five groups too, but my student teacher has two of them. Not sure what I'm going to do when she leaves! I like your words their way activities. Mine need an update ☺

    Owls & Lessons, Etc.