We're about to begin week 5 of school, but I'm still trying to refine my reading instruction. We are required to use the Scott Foresman Reading Street basal, but I know that I have to supplement this in order for my students to get what they need. I have been reading about Daily 5 for years now, but I have never been sure of how I could implement it in my fifth grade classroom.
I have decided this year to have Choice Time. This will be similar to Daily 5 in that students will read to self, read to someone, and do word work each week. Students will also respond to their independent reading and buddy reading in their reading journals each week. Word work will be students capturing unfamiliar words from their reading into their reading journals. They will write the definition of the word, write the word in a sentence with context clues, and draw a picture of what the word means to them. I think I will have students write their responses in the front of their notebooks, and do their word work starting on the last page in their notebooks.
I plan on helping students get started in the journals by modeling these next few weeks with read alouds. On September 19 we will start reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt as part of the the Global Read Aloud, and I think that will be a great way to practice journal writing since we will all be sharing the same text. I am also looking forward to collaborating with other classes on our class blog and on the Global Read Aloud wiki. What are you doing differently this year for reading instruction?