Everyday our class participates in Reading Workshop. We are a literacy collaborative classroom. This means that our classroom supports a balanced literacy approach to learning. The Reading Workshop is designed to foster a love of learning while reading.
The first part of the workshop is used to teach the children new skills and strategies for reading. This is where the South Carolina State Standards are addressed. The minilesson is taught in whole group and usually takes about 15 minutes.
After the minilesson, the students are sent off to read independently with "just right" books. While the children are reading the "just right" books, the teacher will work with small groups of children in guided reading. The guided reading lessons are based on research by Dr. Jan Richardson. The children work with a text that is on their reading level and this allows them to also work with different reading strategies that have been taught in whole group.
The children also work in "Deep Sea Stations" which are literacy based workareas. The areas are designed to foster the student interest in the minilessons and content area. The children are working in those areas for approximately 20 minutes.
Once the teacher has meet with the guided reading groups the children are called back to the meeting area. This is a valuable time for the children to share what they were working on during independent reading and deep sea stations. The children are taking ownership by sharing their experiences during the reading time.
The boys are working on their Guided Writing which happens after two days of working with the text.
This student is working with Elkonian Boxes to stretch out words to listen for the sounds of the different letters in the words. This helps the student learn how to stretch out words and think about the sounds. The student is working with short vowel sounds in words.
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