This week, we launched independent reading in our classroom.
We spend part of our daily Reader’s Workshop sessions doing independent reading, to practise strategies and work on our individual goals.
During independent reading, we aim to:
- begin reading quickly and efficiently
- read with stamina for the duration of the session
- choose a good place to read and stay in that place
- read silently.
After independent reading, we catch up with our “Reading Buddy” to discuss our books. This is a great opportunity to share our reflections, ask each other questions and learn about other books and authors from our peers.
What are you currently reading during independent reading?
Who is your favourite author?
What reading strategy would you like to focus on this term?
Do you have an all-time favourite book?
This week in Reader’s Workshop, we are doing an author study.
We have collected lots of picture books written by a variety of authors.
We are reading the picture books to study each author’s style, themes and key ideas.
The authors we are focussing on include:
- Margaret Wild
- Mem Fox
- Anthony Browne
- Jackie French
- Nick Bland
- Alison Lester
- Jeannie Baker
- Julia Donaldson
- Graham Base
- Pamela Allen
- Colin Thompson
- John Burmingham
Students have set up a Google Sheet on their iPads to record their observations about each picture book they read.
What observations have you made during the author study so far?
Who is your favourite picture book author?
Do you have an all time favourite picture book?
Reading is a big part of our day.
We use the CAFE model in our Literacy Block every day. Each week we focus on a different reading strategy in class. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. All of these areas of reading are extremely important and good readers know they need to read regularly to improve their skills.
We have a Reading Menu in our classroom. At the end of each week we put a strategy card on the menu.
This week, our reading strategy is Check for Understanding.
When we check for understanding while reading a novel, we need to pause after reading a page or two and ask ourselves three questions:
- What just happened in the story?
- Who was in that part of the story?
- Where was that part of the story set?
This comprehension strategy help readers to understand their texts, and we will continue to build on our comprehension as the year progresses.
After working on our reading strategies collectively as a class each morning, the students then participate in 15 minutes of independent reading. During this time, they practise the strategy independently while reading “good fit” books.
What reading strategies do you use?
What areas of reading do you want to work on this year?
What books do you like to read?