Independent Reading in the Primary Classroom


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Independent Reading in the Primary Classroom

  1. 1. Independent Reading in the Balanced Literacy Classroom Mona Iehl 1st and 2nd Grade Multiage Teacher Polaris Charter Academy [email_address]
  2. 2. Quick Write… <ul><li>What background knowledge do you have about independent reading? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Independent Reading Vs. SSR or DEAR <ul><li>“ IR is a much more organized and supportive approach than simply giving students “f r ee time” to choose books and read. It also differs from the commonly used structures for silent reading known as Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading or Drop everything and read (DEAR).” </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding Readers & Writers </li></ul><ul><li>Increase time reading </li></ul><ul><li>Practice reading strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to explicit instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Self selected text – guided by mini lessons and book talks </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher as a model and instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Use time for instruction </li></ul>
  4. 5. What Really Matters To Struggling Readers By Richard Allington <ul><li>“ How much reading do children need? </li></ul><ul><li>The answer to this question is fluid because the necessary volume of reading seems to shift across developmental stages. In the initial stages, children cannot actually read very much-there is a limited supply of books they can manage successfully than young experienced readers. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Studies have calculated time spent reading, words read, pages read and books read. All these studies have consistently show, regardless of how volume of reading was measured, that there exists a relationship between volume of reading and reading achievement.” </li></ul>
  6. 7. Zone of Proximal Development
  7. 8. Independent Reading in YOUR classroom!!! <ul><li>Look </li></ul><ul><li>Print-rich </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflects class work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Routines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mini Lesson evidence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Word Wall </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting Area </li></ul><ul><li>Student work areas </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom library </li></ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul><ul><li>Talk or “Buzz” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Turn and talk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule in the time to talk and share. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Clear expectations in the B.O.Y. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less time dealing with issues later. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. What you need to implement Independent Reading <ul><li>Variety of books-  levels, topic, author, and genre. </li></ul><ul><li>Book Storage- Bins & Book boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable areas for reading </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Routines & realistic expectations </li></ul>
  9. 10. Classroom Arrangement <ul><li>Facilitate movement, collaboration and independence </li></ul><ul><li>No invisible places! </li></ul><ul><li>Make a plan & sketch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take your time to think through your intentions for student learning before you make your plan. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Classroom Library <ul><li>Very Important Place! </li></ul><ul><li>Usually in one corner of the room, near meeting space (large carpet). </li></ul>
  11. 12. Books <ul><li>Wide variety! </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest level needs lots of books to read too! </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE? </li></ul><ul><li>Yard sales, thrift stores, family, friends! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 13. Storage <ul><li>Bins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No too big & not too small (easy for kids to carry, move, pick up, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dollar Store! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book Bins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plastic Bins from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper Bins from Ikea </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Organizing Books in your Library! <ul><li>Books organized in bins for easy access. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic (sports, family, animals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genre (Poetry, biography, nonfiction) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stickers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your own with printer and address labels. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy commercially made ones. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leveling Labels </li></ul><ul><li>Make labels work for the students </li></ul>
  14. 15. Also consider… <ul><li>Book Bins & Comfortable Spots </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 16. Routines <ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Think of everything… </li></ul><ul><li>TEACH, Model, practice, role play, practice, practice again! </li></ul>
  16. 17. Just Right Books <ul><li>Independent Reading Level </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 18. Are they REALLY reading? <ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Presence in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>- moving around, sight, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Book log </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly project/response </li></ul>
  18. 19. How Does this Look? <ul><li>F&P 1st 20 Days </li></ul><ul><li>A day in the life of my classroom… </li></ul><ul><li>Remember… </li></ul><ul><li>-Nothing will happen fast. </li></ul><ul><li>-Build Stamina day by day. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Questionnaire <ul><li>Things to think about. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a plan this summer, </li></ul><ul><li>take your time to think through your routines. </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck! </li></ul>