Literacy Block

Literacy Block contains Reading Workshop, Familiar Reading, and Word Study

7:45 -8:00 - Familiar Reading:

Each child has their own familiar reading folder & books on their level. Students participate in repeated oral reading of known texts to apply and practice the use of decoding skills recently taught and to develop fluency with known spelling patterns and sight words.  

9:00 - 12:00  - Reading Workshop - Homeroom (9:00 - 10:30) & Bonner (10:30 - 12:00)

9:00 - 9:30

Teacher Read Aloud: I will select a book, poem, or text to do a "close" reading activity. I will read it aloud to the class in a whole group setting. During this time, I will model for the students best strategies to use while reading. This is a time where students are actively listening.

Minilesson: During each mini lesson of the "close" reading, I will introduce a specific concept such as inferring, cause and effect, or main idea. Most often the teaching point will focus on a reading strategy or skill that is being used for the week.  I will explicitly model or demonstrate the skill for the students. Students then get a chance to practice the skill or strategy on their own, with a partner, or in small groups.

9:30 - 10:00

​Guided Reading/Independent Reading/Small Group Centers

  • Guided Reading: While the majority of the class is reading independently, the Paraprofessional and I will each work with a small group of students on different reading skills. 
  • Independent Reading: During guided reading the remaining students in the class are reading text on their own. This is a time for students to practice and apply the strategies learned in whole group and small group lessons. Students select text based on their reading level and use the provided sticky notes to record their thinking. At the end of independent reading, I will meet with 2-3 students to discuss their thinking.
  • Small Group Centers: During this time, two small groups will be rotating between the Lexia program and the Center skill for the week 
  • Ticket Out the Door: This is a time when the class comes back together and students share/write the strategies they used during reading workshop before leaving class.

10:00 - 10:30

Word Study: Word study is alternative to traditional spelling instruction. It is based on learning word patterns rather than memory recall from unconnected words. 

Novel Read: During novel reads, we will be reading a novel from the fifth grade curriculum. We will be doing several activities throughout each read to deepen our comprehension of the novel.


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