Session One Introduce the genre by discussing letters and letter writing, using the following questions as a guide: Do you like to get mail? What are some reasons that people write letters?
Member Hello, I am glad you are being mindful of a balanced literacy program. I believe that if you are catering to all learning styles… visual, auditory and kinaesthetic you are going to be quite balanced.
I have also been using the idea of teaching everything with the 5 senses involved. What does it feel, smell, taste when appropriatesound and look like. Then taking this one step further and consolidating the concept with examples and then real life experiences.
Sounds like you are already on the right path. Anonymous K-3 Member Member As with any year level, there are going to be varying degrees of abilities. I found the best option for my literacy times were to set up literacy centres. There are 2 ways I used them. The first was to have about 10 centres and the students could work through them independently and choose which ones they wanted to go to can work really well with Multiple Intelligences.
This independence can free you up to work with individual groups, for instance who are on the same ability level with focus lessons, etc.
The second way I used literacy centres was more of a literacy block fashion. I would start the week off with a picture book. Read it aloud to all the students for enjoyment and familiarisation.
I would then explain to the students the literacy centres I had set up for the week — activities usually pertained to the book, or a focus area for the week — such as a specific letter for the younger kids or a grammar idea for the older ones.
A reading craft was always a fun idea, it can relate to the book and the students need to read the simple instructions to create their craft. I would generally sit with the writing group and work on their skills was the easiest for me to help with their writing. I would read the book again every day before we started the centres.
I hope this helps, at least a bit! I watched her stuff and attended a workshop by her and after 30 years of teaching felt refreshed and motivated in my literacy programme.
I love and use her shared book techniques everyday and the children are so engaged and learning.
Shared Reading I would begin the session on day 1 by doing a cover page prediction and what they can see and ideas on what the book could be about. I would then read the story modelling left to right orientation and target one specific reading strategy. Sometimes this was completed orally or with props.
They included a writing, word study, creative and phonics based activity and I would regularly change these about every 3 weeks to include spelling, reading, grammar etc. I would have a focus group and my EA would take a group and if I was lucky I would have 1 or 2 parents supervise the other groups.
I had a timetable permanently placed on my whiteboard and 4 mixed ability groups which were fluid if required. Every day I would quickly explain each task and I had parent cards made up for the groups not with myself or my EA. Each group has a manager and speaker and they wear badges for the session.
The manager is in charge of getting their equipment and setting up and packing up the learning area and the speaker was the only person who could interrupt me if their group had a question or needed assistance. The managers and speakers stayed the same all week and I changed them every Monday so each child had a turn at doing this throughout the year.
I did these literacy blocks over 4 days so each group completed an activity. Each shared reading session focused on a specific reading strategy. I began these literacy rotations in week 3 of Term 1 and they happened each week for the rest of the year.
Changing your ideas but keeping the format the same was what sustained them and kept everyone engaged. Following the literacy rotations we would move into Guided reading where the children were grouped according to reading levels.
Each GR group focused on one reading book over a 2 week period so week 1 was tackling the book targeting specific strategies and week 2 was responding to the text. I would then do a running record with some children during this session.
My EA would float amongst these groups so I could have 30 minutes uninterrupted time with my GR group. For phonics I used the Diana Rigg program in conjunction with the Jolly Phonics program, both I highly recommend, especially as they teach the 44 sounds.
They are both quite explicit in what sounds you teach and the order. I hope this is helpful and good luck! Melissa K-3 Member Member Thanks so much to those of you who have shared your experience and ideas — much appreciated. The detail about literacy centres was particularly helpful.Reading & Writing.
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