#FDOFG2018: Readers Gonna Read

We have been reading ALOT in first grade, and much of it has been reading aloud together.  But not all of it. 🙂

We have also been working very hard to learn the habits of good readers, to read both independently and with our partners and also to choose the right books for us.  I’ve been so proud with how quickly our Rm. 111 readers have gotten into a groove and begun to build their stamina.

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We’ve learned some BAD HABITS to drop and some GOOD HABITS to pick up.  Readers thought it was really funny when I acted out the bad habits during our lesson.  Ask your reader to show you what those bad habits look and sound like, then to show you what we should do INSTEAD. 🙂

Each week we have a learning partner, with whom we turn-and-talk on the rug, and also partner read.  We use these partners in other ways, too, through out the week as they are quick to find.  Some of our work time during Readers’ Workshop is read-to-self and some if read-to-someone, so we sit right next to our partners so we can quickly move from one job to the next.  Check out some pictures of us being our best reader selves, back-to-back in read-to-self and side-by-side doing read-to-someone. 🙂

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Lots and lots of read-to-someone!  We’ve learned that we need to read ONE book at a time, and also that we can do partner reading in 3 ways: popcorn reading, choral reading or I read, you read.  We LOVE this time of day!

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We’ve been busy-bee readers in Rm. 202!  Remember how I told you about Read-to-Self?  Well, after we figured out how to do that pretty well, it was time to add something else to our Reader’s Workshop time and our good readers toolbox.

A few days ago we started talking about how good readers sometimes work at getting better by reading to someone else.  Before we jumped in with both feet, we had a conversation about what it would look like/sound like to work well while reading to someone.  We decided you should be sitting right next to your reading friend, that you should be using quiet voices, and that there are several ways to read with your friend: both of you in the same book, each reader with a copy of the same book, or one takes a turn and then the other.  As we go through the year we’ll learn more about how to get better at helping our partner figure out words, as well as how to have deep conversations about the books we’re reading together.  For now, though, we’re getting good at the routine of read-to-someone, and having fun working on reading with our friends!

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Evan and Jacob read a Black Lagoon book together.

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Landen and Nate get comfy on the rug with their book.

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Amelia and Millie read a dinosaur book on the rug together, too!

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Sara and Makayla read at the coffee table together. Don’t you just love how great that table works with little learners? Just the right height for kneeling. 🙂

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Emily and Ava each have a copy of an old favorite–Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola.

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Ella Marie and Briannia share another old favorite–Clifford!

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Diego and Thomas found a cozy spot in the corner to have a conversation about their book.

For kiddos–What’s your favorite part about read-to-someone?

For parents–What are your kiddos saying about read-to-someone?  What book would you choose to read if you were in Rm. 202?

For teachers–What tips do you have for using read-to-someone with first grade readers?

We want to hear from you! 🙂