Hey friends! This year, we're implementing a Daily 5 model for literacy and we are loving the different choices. Our block still looks a lot like centers, but I'm hoping to introduce choice at the beginning of next week!
On the 1st day of school, I introduced reading stamina and we starting practicing right away. Since I didn't know the reading levels of my students, I went ahead and pre-loaded our Really Good Stuff book bins with 5-6 books of varying reading levels. After using Reading A-Z's benchmark system, my students now know which books are 'just-right'. When they fill their book bins, they have 5 'just-right' books and 1 'just-for-fun' book, which can be any level.
While introducing Read-to-Self, I introduced the term - "stamina". Our conversation went like this - "Friends, I love running. My goal is to run a marathon this spring. A marathon is 26 miles. (ooooooo) If I went out and tried to run 26 miles, could I? No! Of course not. I have not built my running stamina. But if I start practicing now and run more and more, will I be ready? Yes! The same is true for reading. If I asked you to sit down and read for 20 minutes without stopping, could you? No! You haven't built your reading stamina. Is that okay? Absolutely! Just like I need to build my running stamina, we need to build our reading stamina. It is going to be AWESOME!"
Now that we were so very excited, we made our very, not-fancy Read-to-Self "I Chart" about how we will become better readers. We talked about the ways to read (words and pictures) and then, what our jobs are, and what to do if someone comes in the room (ignore them unless they ask you a specific question). Then, it was time to try it out!
graph here or by clicking below!
As you can see, our first venture was short. Very short. 1 min and 42 seconds. Oy! Lots of room to grow, right?! ;) Slowly but surely, with more practice, we have grown SO much as readers. Just last week (when I took this photo), we hit 10 minutes of reading stamina!
The best part? I see a genuine excitement for reading in my students. They want to share their library books with me. They are reading in the gym before school starts. They love Mo Williams. There is a willingness to try hard things.
To me, this is the victory of reading stamina and Daily 5. Yes, there are a lot of wrinkles to iron out (i.e. independence), but the small victories are there! So, tell me, what are your victories in your reading block?