Sunday, July 17, 2011

Reading 101

I have a childhood friend (that happens to be a teacher too-and yes we are adult friends too) give me a great idea for a series of posts.
I decided to allow everyone a sneak peak into what I hope evolves in my third grade classroom by using some things that I did before in the past teaching third and some things that I used in first and kindergarten (of course, I will refine and adapt to third grade).
I use a Reading Workshop approach in my classroom. I also have decided to include Daily 5 methods in my classroom.
Reading Workshop ideas come from three sources:
I follow The First Twenty Days (and tweek to my students--I also skip some and combine all according to my class.

2.When teaching kindergarten and first grade, I used Reading Workshop Lessons from The Learning Pad.
(Again, I adapted to my students and found other books that might work too.)

3. My students-My classroom guides my teaching. I allow "teachable moments" to occur regularly everyday. Although I may have lessons planned and ready to go, my students (and the county requirements and state standards) "drive" my teaching and what should or should not be taught.

Other sources that I use for reading instruction:

Reading with

Meaning by Debbie Miller
The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey

The CAFE Book  by Gail Boushey
Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey

The Teacher's Guide to the Four Blocks  by Patricia Cunningham
I have also used the Four Blocks Model specified for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Upper Grades

Of course over the years of teaching and learning as a teacher, I have adapted my "own"model of what reading should look like in my classroom. Each of us have our own philosophy of What is Reading and How to Teach Reading to Students  (all students-developing reading or "seasoned" readers all the same). I hope this year to share reading in my classroom with you. I am sure I will learn from all my blogging friends and definitely my students.

Stay Tuned for....More Reading 101


  1. I use all of these books to help me with my reading workshop, too! You hit the nail on the head--it isn't going to look exactly the same in every classroom! Thanks for sharing!

    Lifelong Learning

  2. I just got Cafe in the mail and Daily 5 is on its way:) I have to confess, I am a little overwhelmed about changing what has been working pretty well for me but am ready to dive in:) I look forward to your posts on Reading 101;) I am gonna need all the help I can get!! If you have any words of wisdom please stop by and drop me a note (comment)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. This summer I picked up the Daily 5 and Cafe and I'm working on how I can incorporate it into my crazy schedule. It seems like every year we have less time in the day to teach! I also start the year with The First 20 Days from Fountas and Pinnel (and have to tweek it). Reading is my favorite part of the day!