This year we will be using “The Daily 5” format during our Readers' Workshop. It is aptly named this because each day students will spend time reading and writing in 5 different rotations. The students will choose when they will do each rotation. The five different rotations are: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Writing, and Word Work. As time allows, students will work on a minimum of three rotations a day.
During Read to Self students independently read a book of their choice for a sustained amount of time. In Read to Someone, students will read with a buddy. Whether they read the same book together or each read a different book, partners will coach each other to improve comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary. During Listen to Reading, students will follow along and listen to books on tape/c.d. While in the writing rotation students will work on writing pieces of their choice, and on ones assigned by us. Word Work is where students will practice extending their spelling lists in a variety of ways.
While students are working independently on their chosen rotation, we will be working with students one-on-one and in small groups. This way we will be able to meet every child's needs. During a reading conference with a student we will listen to the student read a book he/she has chosen and discuss with the student what he/she does well as a reader, and what his/her goal and strategy will be to become a stronger reader. The student will practice the strategy we discussed and we will continue to meet and monitor his/her progression. When that goal has been met, we will make a new one and continue to make wonderful improvements as a reader!
What is the Literacy Cafe board? This is a list of strategies we have shared and modeled repeatedly with the class in short whole group lessons. Each strategy fits under one of these four categories/goals: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary. These are the goals and strategies we will use during one-on-one conferences and during small group instruction. These small groups are called strategy groups. This is where we will work with a small number of students who share the same needs and goals. They may not be on the same reading level, and may not be reading the same book.