WOW.. that's all I can say about this post, wow! First of all, I LOOOVE all of the fun things you did in the beginning of the year to get the kids excited about reading (especially the post it notes on their heads and the rock star outfits!!). I teach 3rd grade resource room students (so most of my students are at least a grade level behind in reading), and they would looove some of these activities! The Gingerbread Unit looks awesome! Thanks soo much for sharing! =)AshleyThe Resource Room Teacher
A Few Questions:My principal would like this design, but is currently married to our basal reader (mainly because our school library is not the best and has NO FUNDING to get better) for appropriate grade level reading (although due to my own goal, my classroom library is pretty awesome). However, you and I both know that not all students can read the basal "story of the week" on their own. Therefore, some of my students would have to be on a computer to listen to their weekly story. Would this be appropriate? When do you do vocabulary instruction? We are required to do a 15min. vocabulary lesson+activity per day. firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing how you do your reading instruction! Our district just adopted Literacy By Design as a series, so we are stuck following that for awhile...but we supplement as we need to! :) KaitlynSmiles and Sunshine
This was such a good post! You always share wonderful information..I can already see how I could tweak this for use with mt first graders! YolandaOceans of First Grade Fun
LOVE this post! Thank you so much for sharing your classroom with us...your kiddos are so lucky to have such a fantastic teacher! :)
Lots and lots of fabulous stuff! LOVE the reading gloves! How fun!❤Dragonflies in First ❤
This looks awesome! I wish I would have had it in December when we did our gingerbread man unit. Oh well, I'll just have to save it for next year.Teachin' First
Thanks for such an awesome and detailed post!! It's fabulous! I love the idea about the gloves! I bet the kid just LOVE that! :)KatieSmiles from 2nd Grade
What a wonderful post! I loved reading every single bit of it. I love the fact that you have your students reading real books. I too have my studens doing that but we only have 30 minutes to read to self or with partners. I do have a question:How much phonics instruction do you give your students each day? Do you only work with the students that need the support or is it whole group? Just curious...I am always trying to improve my teaching instruction with my students. Thanks so much for your answers to the questions.TammyMrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis
Great post! I recognize some of those "Rockin' Readers"! I love how simple but effective your instruction is. Best part--- no centers! :)-Becky
I really liked your ideas of letting the students set up their own library. They definitely take ownership of the books in the library and it also allows them to peruse all the books to choose a just right book.
I'm your newest follower! I LOVE what I've seen so far on your blog- it looks like we have a lot of the same styles and methods in teaching. Can't wait for future posts!Jessicaideas by jivey
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Love the simplicity of your readers workshop. I wanted to structure mine similarly but will not be able to do independent reading except during prescribed times due to principal wishes. Any other suggestions for simple activities to take the place of independent reading?