There is a wide range of readers that come into second grade every year. Some students need extra practice on their phonics skills, fluency, vocabulary and most importantly comprehension. Working towards improving all these skills is important for students to be strong readers in third grade.
Other students come to second grade as a strong reader already. They have a good understanding of phonics and are fluent readers with a large vocabulary. These students can comprehend what they read with ease. These students often get bored with on-level instruction in school. As a teacher it can be a challenge to "Challenge" these students.
Our Daily Reading Schedule
(in our 90 minute reading block)
Word Work and Small Group Instruction
10 Minutes Word Work
20 Minutes Extended Vocabulary
15 Minute Mini-Lesson (on level instruction)
IDR (Individualized Daily Reading) Time
45 Minutes Daily
Students have a binder of activities to be completed
Scheduled Times are set up for each child for:
Meeting with the Teacher
High Level Thinking Games
Reading Partnerships: Chapter Books
THE READING BINDER
The reading binder is the key to organization and success in the reading block.
It is divided into 5 sections with easy to use divider tabs.
Section 1: Weekly Reading Goals, Clecklist and Rubrics
Section 2: Reading Log, Activities and Genres
Section 3: Mini Lessons for Whole Group and Small Group Instruction
Section 4: Reading Partnerships: Chapter book study
Section 5: Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Reading Responses
High Frequency Word List:
Other Important Parts:
*A Heavy Clear Plastic Sleeve can be used to hold a chapter book
(I have attached velcro to the top so it does not fall out)
*Lined paper is in the back to answer reading responses
*Labels are used on each of the divider sections
*The Reading Binder was created based on Beth Newingham's Article on Scholastic.com
Please Visit these websites to read more information on Beth's wonderful ideas!
Beth's Classroom Website:
Beth's Scholastic Information on the Reading Notebook:
Beth's Scholoastic Information on Reading Partnerships: