Reading

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Reading Workshop: Students in first grade start every day with a 90-minute literacy block.  Reading is frequent, fun, and formative. Opportunities for reading range from whole group lessons, guided reading, small groups, peer reading, readers’ theaters, independent reading, shared reading, listening centers, and reading across subject areas. As a class, students will be answering questions like: Where do we read? How do we read? What does reading look like? What does reading sound like? How do I choose the right book?  The children will also learn about the classroom library, school library, and the different genres of books available for their “just right book” selections.

We will be utilizing the Daily Five Reading Workshop framework to allow the students to work independently while the teachers meet with individual students and reading groups. There are five components the students may choose from to work on during this time they include:

● Read to Self
● Work on Writing
● Read to Someone
● Listen to Reading
● Word Work

We do a great deal of modeling, practicing and reflecting on each component. Children will work at their own level by learning how to choose “just right books”. Students build their reading stamina through independent reading while teachers work with children one-on-one or in small groups. Reading groups are focused on strategies, rather than ability level.  These groups are flexible and mixed and change as the needs of students change.

First Grade Weekly Schedule
Special Events
Reading Workshop
Writer’s Workshop
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science Lab Gallery
Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, Computer, and Strings 

Educational Philosophy
Recommended Reading: PRAISE

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