Core Reading Block

COMPONENT TIME LEARNING EXPERIENCES SERVICES OFFERED
WORD WORK 15-20 min.
  • Students work with words and word building developing phonological and language pattern awareness
  • Students work to build vocabulary and vocabulary strategies at high levels
  • Part to whole and whole to part instruction occurs daily in word building
  • Word study is used at all levels

Examples of Learning: Word families, grammar, dictation, diagraph/word families/prefix/suffix anchor chart, word strategy charts, vocabulary code, word building – encoding and decoding

Professional Development

Modeling

Co-teaching

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READ ALOUD

(I Do)
10-20 min.
  • Teachers read aloud from a purposely-selected book
  • Use a variety of genres (fiction and nonfiction) slightly above students’ instructional level
  • Provide explicit models of metacognitive strategies, comprehension strategies, thinking processes, and fluency
  • Demonstrate what good readers do (using specific comprehension strategies and learning standards)
  • Students build comprehension that can be later transferred to independent reading comprehension

Examples of Learning: Anchor charts with skills/strategies, think alouds, cooperative learning, graphic organizers, student reading responses, thinking maps

Professional Development

Modeling

Co-teaching

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SHARED READING

(We Do)
15-30 min.
  • Teachers and students read together
  • While the teacher is the primary reader, students are invited to join in through choral reading, echo reading, etc.
  • Teachers focus on strategies, skills, phonics skills, and vocabulary in the text
  • Text is read multiple times building fluency and automatic word reading as well as layering of more complex skills

Examples of Learning: Reading decodable readers together, decoding strategies for difficult words, rereads and timed readings to increase fluency, marking up a text, partner reading, reading responses, writing alternate endings/changing a story element

Professional Development

Modeling

Co-teaching

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GUIDED READING

(You Do)
30-45 min.
  • Students independently read just right books (identified through assessments)
  • Students mimic the model of a good reader set by the teacher in the read aloud and the shared reading
  • Small group lessons (4-6 students) are instructed using appropriately leveled materials (their instructional level) to develop reading skills (decoding, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary) and strategies

Examples of Learning: Independent reading (daily), partner reading, book clubs, book discussions, small group instruction, reading journal, daily reading response activities

Professional Development

Modeling

Co-teaching

Lesson Planning

Running Records Training

Benchmarking

Group Set-up

Observations/Feedback

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