I am behind on my Daily 5 posting. I have read the chapter, but just can’t get the time to post. I’m linky up with:
Chapter 4 is about Read to Self. This is where I really start teaching reading during the year.
3 Ways to Read.
1. Read and talk about the pictures – I like to use wordless picture books or books with very few words. David Weisner and David Shannon are great authors for this. It is also a good time to introduce reading non-fiction by looking closely at the photos and text features.
2. Read the words
3. Retell a previously read book – I like to use simple fairytales for this lesson and then review it throughout the year. I find it can be the most challenging way to read because many of the students really need direct instruction in doing retellings.
I love the use of the I-Chart to launch read to self. Eventually, when I have taught all the areas of D5, I merge the I Charts into one big chart. I also make copies of the chart for students to use as a bookmark when they are doing centers – it always helps to remind them they have the rules right there!
The correct/incorrect model is also very helpful. I often demonstrate this again during the year at those times when things just aren’t going the way they should.
Building Stamina: I talk with my students about building stamina for reading like they build stamina for running in PE. This analogy really seems to help them understand that reading is exercise. I make a class graph on the Promethean Board and sometimes we practice more than once during the day.
Reading Spots: I place students in reading spots through the room and we talk about good places to read. The Best Place to Read is a great way to kick-start the discussion.
I cannot find a picture of my little reading rugs anywhere, but after we start centers, students choose a little rugs that I picked up from Target a few years ago and find a spot to read. It really helps to anchor them and stay in one spot.
The other 2 books in the series are really helpful to establish reading routines, as well.
Click on the image below to check out a previous post about how I organize my library for students to choose books at their independent level.
I hope I covered some of the most important ideas in the chapter. I’m sure there are tons of things I do or have tried that I left out, but I’ve reaching my time limit for blogging today Can’t wait to link up for chapter 5!