I’m finally starting to get things in gear for the new school year! I’m officially finished with my old job, and a have a bit of a break otherwise (minus a bajillion showers and appointments for me and the pup!) so I’m trying to get myself organized before things really start going. I have a two week training at the end of the month and so I have a LARGE to-do list for myself between now and then. We’ll see how much I get accomplished!
One area I’ve been already planning for my new third grade room (eek!) is my literacy block. We are getting Journeys and I’m not very familiar with it. Plus, I’m not all about basals in the first place. So, I’m already brainstorming how it’s all going to work in my room. I’m thinking I may do a modified Daily 5 (does anyone not modify it?). I like the way they do a gradual release and they hit the major components I’d want to it. I just have to work out the scheduling of it all because I know there are some whole group things I’m still going to need to have time to do. And I’ve also been brainstorming a few things I can incorporate into the blocks that are a bit more mandated and allow the students to work on targeted skills a bit more.
One big area I want students to work on during our Daily 5 time will be fluency. I haven’t decided which block it’s going to go into (but I’m thinking maybe Listen to Reading because I don’t have a lot of resources for the books to be read aloud at this point and will need some items to help stretch it.) So I’ve put together a couple resources to help me.
I made these ppts about 5 years ago when I was doing remedial reading. I used them mainly with my 3-5 grade students. As I was working with a group of students, another group was doing an independent reading or response task. If they finished before I was quite ready to meet with them (or it was time to go), they would go through a Fry Phrase Powerpoint set. It only took them a couple minutes and it was an easy go-to for them. If they went through the entire thing and felt they read it fluently, they’d call me over as we were switching and I’d listen to them go through the set. If they could read it fluently, they’d move on to the next one. I kept a recording sheet next to my computers so I always was able to quickly record their progress. However, you totally could just have these an available option for your kiddos to practice with on the computer or on iPads. With 600 slides, it gives students practice on a wide variety of phrases and helps build their automaticity as they find them while reading.
Hi Tessa, Love your Fluency Building Phrasing Cards. I love to use Reader's Theater in my fluency station. I also like to find a NF passage and run them through the Passage Generator at Intervention Central. Have you used it before? (http://www.interventioncentral.org/teacher-resources/oral-reading-fluency-passages-generator) It's great and easy to use. Love your blog. Stop by mine anytime at http://www.whoisreadytoteach.blogspot.com
No, I hadn't seen that before. Thanks for sharing!
Tessa- I am struggling with the listen to reading part too because I don't have ANY kind of anything. The only thing I have is our basal on cd. So I MAY have them listen to that there so they are at least exposed to it and the fluent reading. I incorporate fluency rotations for 10 min a day after lunch to get kids back to normal (and remove the lunch chaos) and they LOVE it. I bet you could use your cards in something like that (and will probably buy them and use them that way myself.)
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I think you're right, many of us modify the Daily 5 to make it work. That's what is so great about education – we can take others' ideas and make it work for our students! There are some free websites out there (if you have enough access to technology) that might allow your students to do more "Listen to Reading" activities. http://www.storylineonline.net/ http://www.wegivebooks.org/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/online-storytime-books-toys/379003588 And it seems like there's another one I can't think of right now. Some of the stories will be too young for your third graders, but they might be worth checking out. I've added your fluency cards to my wishlist. Once I know what my students need work on, I may be back! Thanks!! 🙂
Thanks for the website suggestions!