What does independent work look like?
Read to Self-Independent reading allows students to practice their skills and increase their fluency.
Read to Someone-Partner reading allows students to practice their skills, increase their fluency, and have meaningful discussions about texts.
Listen to Reading-Listening to reading allows students to hear books read fluently and it increases their own fluency and word recognition.
Word Work-Students work on phonics and phonemic awareness by working on word parts, word families, spelling patterns, and high frequency words to increase their knowledge and skill.
Work on Writing-Students work in their writer's notebooks or publish texts. Reading and writing go hand in hand!
Comprehension-I understand what I read.
Accuracy-I can read the words and figure out new words.
Fluency-I sound like I'm talking when I read.
Expand Vocabulary-I learn new and interesting words.
Picking a JUST-RIGHT Book
1) Pick a book that looks interesting to you.
2) Open to the middle of the book.
3) Read one page using the 5-Finger Rule
What if you love it, but it's not just-right? This might be a good book to have someone read to you.
Why do I have to read a just-right book? If you spend all your time trying to figure out words you don't know or skipping those words, you will not understand what's happening in the story. That won't be very much fun.
Although, we combine writing with every other subject and content area, we also have a special time just to learn writing skills and build writing fluency. It begins with a model and then students work independently to practice. During student work, I can move around and work with individuals on their own strengths and next steps.