Reading Routine

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  1. otterpop

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    4th grade teachers, what does your language arts time look like? Do you have a general, set routine? I would love to hear about a typical day in your classroom! I'm curious, thinking about improving my reading block, and wanting to get a topic started in the 4th grade forum. :)
     
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    We have a mini-lesson and discussion. Students go back to their seats for about 30 minutes of independent reading. They might be finishing reading a chapter of a book we read during the mini-lesson or reading an article on a similar topic. Sometimes they're just reading their on level books. I pull a guided reading group. At the end they get a "response to lit" question about something they've read and they have to answer in paragraph form using details from the text. I pull a group during this time to answer the question together. Then we share our work together on the question.
     
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    I teach 5th which is close to 4th, so I'll answer too. (Hope that's ok.:))

    I have usually 60 minutes for reading. (Writing is a separate block). We do a workshop model at my school. We do not have a basal.

    My basic structure is:
    15-20 min mini lesson (we have reader's notebooks)
    15 min book club rotation*
    25ish min independent reading - I confer during this time.

    * Book club rotation:
    All my kids are in book club groups. There are 5 rotations for the 5 days of the week:
    Teacher Time - Their group meets with me to talk about their book (this is when I hone in on comprehension skills)

    Reading Letters - They write reading response letters to me on our Chromebooks in a continuous Google Doc. It's a conversation between us, back and forth

    Written Response - They choose from a question and respond to a prompt in their reader's notebooks. These are later shared in their student-run book club meeting

    Book Club Meeting - The group meets without me. I use Laura Candler's talking sticks for them to discuss.

    Read - extra independent reading time

    It's been working well for us.

    The best way I've ever seen a basal used (it sounds like you have one?) was when I student taught in 6th grade. She had the kids broken into reciprocal teaching groups, and they would read through the story together. The kids had their own roles. Google reciprocal teaching and you'll find them. :)
     
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    The kids do the reading during their independent reading time (I try to have 20-30 min a day) and at home - I let them take the books home. I try not to give them too much to read between meetings. It's a work in progress. We're just about finished with our first set of books.

    During independent reading time, they're just reading. When it's not the book club rotation, I'm conferring with individuals (or small groups). They respond to their individual reading when they write me the reading letters on the Chromebooks during book club rotations. :)
     
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    Your book clubs are very similar to mine. I just started doing dialogue journals about books between myself and the students in the book club. By the end of the year I'd like to have them write to each other. It's going so well right now. I can't wait to see how this helps them grow in reading and writing.
     
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    Do you guys have specific questions they answer related to the chapters in meetings, or something else? I found a general template that can be used for any book that I am going to try.
     
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    I have used the general template before, but I find that questions specific to the book work much better to gauge comprehension. I love it when a book we are reading has a Glencoe discussion guide. They are awesome and free on the Internet. They have study guides for Hatchet, Number the Stars, and many more books.
     

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