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Launching Reader’s Workshop

September is here and so is Reader’s Workshop!

During the launch, students learn how to select a Just Right book, swap books in the library and build reading stamina.

Here are some of the charts that help students remember and retain strategies learned in the launch:

 Here is a chart for transitioning to the rug between tasks.

Routines chart

Here is a chart to help students choose a Just Right Book.  Students can ask these five questions and if they answer yes to them, it’s a just right book.  Students then are taught how to swap books, selecting 1 easy book, 5 JR books, and 1 challenge (or hard) book for their book bin (or bag) to use during independent reading.

Just Right Books

Here is a fellow colleague’s chart to help students exchange books in the library with ease.  The library tickets are the student’s independent guided reading level.  What I like about this is that most of her students are able to stay in their own JR book level and are therefore less frustrated.

Book Swap chart

Here is a chart to help students understand what Independent Reading “looks like, feels like, sounds like”. Students decide if they were a 4, 3, 2, or 1 on the Independent Reading Rubric.

What Does IR Look Like? chart

Here is a chart for building stamina. In second grade, students come to independent reading with some strategies for sustained purposefully quiet reading but many still need to create this stamina.  This chart explains that stamina is needed but needs to be built.  Every day teacher can watch to see how long the majority of the class can read without losing focus.  Once the class begins to fall off, move the post it note up the steps until the goal of 15 minutes is met.  In 2nd grade, by mid year students can sustain this reading for at least 25 minutes.  This is a great beginning year strategy. Thank you http://chartchums.wordpress.com/ for this one!

Building Stamina in Reading

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September Happenings!

Back to school is in full swing this year! We start off the year with some ice breaker activities, and reminiscing about our summer.

This also the time we put our routines into place.

This begins with daily routines: calendar, rules, schedule.We meet here every day before math to talk about the day, the week, the month and the year.  We count our days of school. We record the weather daily.

We also establish our learning community.  Together we learn about each other and share details about our families and our friends.  Things we like and dislike.  We begin to become friends and neighbors.

We do this through literature.  Some of the titles about caring and friendship we read together are Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline, Amber Brown Get Ready for 2nd Grade by Paula Dazinger, Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler, First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books by Diane deGroat, Yoko by Rosemary Wells.


Focus lessons are taught on the rug during Phonics, Reader’s Workshop, Math Workshop, Writer’s Workshop, Social Studies and Science. Here is where the majority of our learning happens. Mini lessons last between 15-20 minutes followed by independent practice and share out. Students in our school go to special classes once a day: PE/ Health, Art, Skills, Technology, and Literature.

We also spend a lot of time in September talking about the school rules of TONE.  T= Talk it out, O= Own your own behavior, N= Nurture Feelings, E= Enjoy learning.  Our class did exceptionally well as earning TONE raffle tickets this month and already had several students when the school wide and televised weekly TONE raffle!  Congratulations!

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