Reader's Workshop

Students will do a lot of reading throughout the year in reader’s workshop. Each day they may participate in mini lessons, read alouds, and independent reading. Students keep a reader’s notebook where they keep track of different reading strategies, thoughts from read aloud, their independent reading books, and their reading interests. They will be expected to respond to their reading, share their thoughts, inferences, questions, text connections, summaries, and visualizations in a variety of different ways.  Almost all reading will be done using chapter books, although we will have a unit on nonfiction reading where students will read articles provided, and be encouraged to bring in or check out nonfiction books, articles, or magazines to read.   Notebooks or individual pieces will be collected periodically for grading. Students will eventually work in book clubs. Students should be spending at least twenty minutes a night reading independently. You may request that your child bring home their reader's notebook at any time for viewing, just be sure to send it back the next day.  Use F and P Reading Level Texts PDF to help your child find books at their level(see tab on left)
  • Independent Reading
  • Mini Lessons
  • Read Alouds
  • Responses
  • Book Clubs
  • Thought tracking(post it notes)
  • Character analysis
  • reflections

Reading Inventory.docx
Reading for Meaning.docx

The Fab Five.docx

Character Analysisdirections (2).docx

Character Analysis Sample.jpg

Book Chats.docx

Writer's Workshop

Writer’s workshop involves a lot of Students will write in their writer’s notebooks on a daily basis, choosing topics from the back of their notebook to write about. Each day they spend time writing about their experiences, or on a topic of their choice, while focusing on adding good detail, keeping their focus, and writing in proper paragraph form. Some days they will be working on incorporating vocabulary from a word study session, or something they learned from a particular mini lesson. Students will continue writing regularly, and from time to time will take a writing piece, edit it and make changes, before publishing it. Writing is very important, and as with reading, the more of it you do, the better you get. Students may bring their writer's notebook home to share with their parents at any time, as long as it returns the following day. 

  • Daily Writing
  • Writing Process
  • Word Study/Vocabulary
  • Computer Lab

Word Study

Throughout the school year students will complete a variety of activities during word study, which takes place during the afternoon literacy block.  Every two weeks students will receive a new word sort(list of words) based on a placement assessment given at the beginning of the school year.  Each year I have anywhere from three to five word study groups based on the variety of levels that I am presented with.  Once students receive their sort, they will be given time to sort their words appropriately, then "hunt" for new words that do not appear in their list, but that fit the categories provided.  Along with their sort, students are expected to complete five "choice" activities with their words(see link below). During the second week of word study, students will check over their word sort with me, show their completed activities for credit, and take a spell check.  Each marking period students will take a test assessing their spelling from their previous three to four sorts. Vocabulary is blended in to this two week period as well where students will complete a WoW(word of the week)card, and four WoD(word of the day) worksheets.  This will expose students to five new vocabulary words every two weeks on top of their regular word sort.  

Word Study Activities Menu.docx

WoW card samples/directions


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