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Oh my gosh- it’s so close to the end of the year. I always get super sad when the year is up. I then get really happy to spend 12 weeks with my little guy! One of my favorite things is to reflect on last year and see what needs to changed or what I love! I am loving how create my reading curriculum turned out this year and so I want to share it with you. In order for me to share it, it is through the reading program that I created.
It contains mini-lessons, interactive read alouds, doodle notes, turn and talk questions, vocabulary, vocabulary activities, and so much more!!
These are the books we will be using for 5th Grade Dive into Reading!
We are having a GIVEAWAY!!! I am giving away 5th Grade Unit 1 Dive Into Reading and the theme is Fairy Tales. *Does not include books*
Do you ever feel like you’re teaching forever and forever? You look up at the clock and realize whoops!!! That lesson went way too long! You notice your students zones out, your throats hurts, and you’re exhausted! You probably thought this lesson was going to be the bomb diggity and then the kids barely retained any of that information. What do you do? You adapt. You change the way you teach. Every year, I change the way I teach. If you don’t, it will consume you. You won’t see the gains that you need or you won’t get anything accomplished. Studies show that kids have an attention span of 7-10 minutes depending on their age. It’s about a minute for each year. Even adults barely can stay focused for so long. Think about the time you were at the last faculty meeting. How many times did you zone out? How many times did you doodle something? Kids are the same way!! We need to teach the way that they learn.
What is inside the mini-lesson?
My mini-lessons are approximately ten minutes long. I try really really really hard not to go over that ten minutes. In the beginning of the year, that ten minutes is like fifteen or twenty so don’t worry if you’re not in that time. Once the “flow” of the classroom happens then everything will fit. I always do the following:
- State the goal.
- Explain the method that is being taught and why it’s useful in real life.
- Teach the lesson
- The end is crucial- I state what the goal was and then at the end of every lesson I give them a task. For example “today as you go to read, I want you to look to see what kind of character traits your character has. Then think what does that say about them?” Or “as you go to read your nonfiction book today, I want you to identify the main ideas within the book, or text features” you get the idea. It gives the students a goal. I really try to match it to interactive read a loud voice that I’m reading with them. It allows them to see the book through your eyes.
What kind of lessons go in the mini-lesson?
Pretty much everything that you need to teach to your students in a reading lesson. Below is a quick list incase you are stumped.
- Structural lessons based off of Fountas and Pinnell.
- Meaning lessons based off of Fountas and Pinnell.
- Visual lessons based off of Fountas and Pinnell.
- Main idea
- Chronological order
- Character traits
- Text features
- Text structures
- The list goes on and on but you get the idea
Remember that mini lessons should be quick and to the point. If you ever have any questions you can leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me start off with congratulations!!! 90 minutes for reading is an ideal time. Our district does provide us with 90 minutes of reading plus an additional 30 minutes of intensive intervention for the lowest 25% of the class. So really I have 120 minutes of reading. That is a lot of time!!! What do I do during that time? Well I will break this into two posts…this one will be for intermediate grades and the second post will be just for primary.
Let’s start off with the components of my reading block. I’ll get into details in so many ways and through many different posts so hang tight on that one.
1. Mini-Lesson- it’s a quick ten minute lesson that teaches the students explicitly a lesson. (Ten minutes)
2. Interactive Read Aloud- probably one of my favorite times of the day. You read students a book and allow them to get immersed into the book or novel. (Twenty minutes)
3. Independent- you can either do strategy Groups (intermediate) or guided reading (primary). Like I said earlier, I’ll get more descriptive throughout other posts. (45-50 minutes)
4. Shared reading- yes, even in intermediate you still do shares reading!! This is where we all have the same document or item and we are all working together to dissect the article or text. (10-15 minutes)
Now that you are aware of these components let’s start by talking about how my block looks.
9:30-9:40- mini lesson
9:40-10:00- interactive read aloud
10:00-10:45- independent reading time
10:45-11:00- shared reading
At the beginning of the year, it takes some time to get into the flow. After about 2-3 weeks though, we are rocking and rolling!
Stay tuned for more details within each of these 4 components within the reading block!!!
Hugs and High Fives,
Today is a super quick post! I’ve been getting a ton of requests to walk people through guided math. I made you a video that coincides with the Guided Math Part 1 that was published last summer. If you want to see that post >click here<. The video will walk you through the stages and you can watch on your own!
Can’t wait to hear what you think about this new series!
I have been racking my brain lately to make sure that I do things that are engaging. I have really wanted to make sure this year is engaging especially because there are four tested areas in fifth grade in Florida. FOUR. How the heck do you do it all? I want to say you do and you can and here’s all the tricks but yeah right. I don’t have the tricks BUT I do have ideas and hopefully they’re going to be just as strong as the year goes on.
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– Face masks for doctors–
– Gloves –
– nonfiction articles
– a person drawn on anchor chart paper
Why do I do Guided Math?
Honestly, I really do enjoy Guided Math. I was always shocked as to why teachers would change their entire teaching methods to try this program. Then I jumped on the bandwagon. I am not saying that you need to but I will tell you some of the amazing benefits that I have noticed.
1. When a student struggled, I immediately saw the mistake that the student was making. I was able to correct the mistakes and lead the students to go back to check their work.
2. Which leads us to number two! They learn how to check their work. They also may realize…oh hey- the kid next to me got a different answer. What did I do wrong or what did they do wrong?
3. I always ask that my kids support one another (especially in guided math). If they did notice that they have a different answer then their partner they were to go back and check along with their partner.
4. I could see who understood the material or who would need remediation that day or later in the day.
5. Each student was provided a hands on activity daily to help them play with new knowledge during small group. A way to interact with the information on paper (still have to take state tests ya-know?), are able to work on a hands on activity from last unit to practice those skills as well, and work with technology to strengthen skills.
What do your other students do while you are working with one group?
My other students are working on skills that are structured just for them. For example, hands on activity, technology, math facts, math journals, task cards, word problems etc.
I included parts of my Unit 1 Guided Math program here so that you can see what it looks like at a fifth grade level. There are 11 units, 2 pages of classwork, an exit slip, 2 pages of homework and a hands on activity for small group that you could use later during review time.
Part two is all about the parts of guided math and we will see you next week!