I have tried a number of different literacy strategies, but I always fall back on the workshop model. I have tried the Daily 3, 4, and 5 (didn’t like it). I have done lit circles, book clubs, reading workshop, guided groups, strategy groups, the WHOLE gamut. What works best for you all? I love pulling my kids to the carpet and explicitly teaching them strategies with mentor texts. I love giving students the freedom of independent reading time. Conferring with my students is one of my favorite parts of the day, and they light up when they are given the opportunity to share their achievements during our celebration time.
|A picture of my classroom library from my first year of teaching. It has come a long way since then!|
One of my favorite things to use during my literacy block are readers theater plays. I am sure many of you can agree. They are a blast and my kids absolutely love them. They are a great way to incorporate your other subjects into your literacy block, too! I have so many reader’s theater scripts with social studies content, science content, and even a few with math tied in. The most important part of using readers theater scripts is that students have the opportunity to practice their fluency. It also allows your students some fun time to work together. One of my favorite parts is when I walk the room as students are choosing parts. I can always get a better feel for those strong personalities and leaders versus those quiet and shy kids. I can also assess Speaking and Listening Standards as I walk the room. These are great teachable moments about working together as a group.
Something I added to many of our readers theater plays are props! They are so easy to use and add so much more to my students’ performances!
*Photo props and images courtesy of: Oh Happy Day Blog