The 90 Minute Literacy Block
We aren't doing the Daily 5 at my school, but after seeing some of your great ideas I kind of wish I was . . . I have been doing this type of Literacy Block for seven years and it has been working GREAT!!! I start off with a 30-45 minute whole group lesson!! (Which sometimes takes me over the 90 minutes) I focus on the 5 domains of Literacy: Phonemic Awareness (PA), Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency. We follow the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt NC reading series.
Whole GroupI start with a mini PA warm up and then go straight into Phonics. I usually spend about 10 minutes building and sounding out words. During this time my students use their DEBS (dry erase boards) to write words or sounds. Then I teach Vocabulary (10 minutes), we practice sight words, vocabulary words, object words, and other common words. Then we read a story and practice our comprehension (10 minutes) skill of the week!
Then we do four 15 minute centers: Independent Reading, Phonics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. The students practice the skills taught during whole group in these centers. During this time I pull my Guided Reading Groups. I group my students heterogeneously for centers and then pull homogeneous reading groups.
Here is a look at my Center Board:
Each group is named after our fish theme. The yellow paper at the top tells the order they complete their centers. The color dot is for their reading group.
They complete this center at their seat:
Each child carries their center folder with them during center time. Inside their folder is one important sheet. Download a copy here!
At the top is the child’s Center Contract. This helps me record how each student does on their work during that center.
Here is a sample of the Grading Scale:
This scale really helps motivate students to do MORE than what is expected of them.
Independent Reading Log Questions
Each day the students answer a question about the book they have been reading. Monday – Characters/ Setting, Tuesday – Problem, Wednesday – Solution, Thursday – Author’s Purpose, Friday – Favorite Part.
They place ALL work in the right side of their folder! I’m so lucky to have an Instruction Assistant during my center time. She helps monitor student’s behavior/ work and helps grade student work on the spot. SHE IS AWESOME!! I check the rest of the student’s work at the end of the day. Each morning students can complete/ fix any center work from the previous day.
I hope this helps!! J