My reading block is set up using the management system called Daily Five. This is a way of structuring reading time so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given practice time to read and write independently while I provide instruction to individuals and small groups of students. When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five. The Daily Five is comprised of: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading and Word Work.
Reading lessons will be enriched with the use of our reading series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called Journeys. Each week we will read a main story and do activities to go along with its theme. Each story has phonics, vocabulary, leveled readers, study skills, and grammar/writing lessons to go along with it.
Along with Journeys, Café lessons will be taught to students to help them become life-long readers. Café is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. With Cafe specific strategies are taught to students to help them become better readers. A menu of suggestions is put up on the wall and the children are encouraged to choose from these strategies when coming across problems in their reading.