(1) I assign book bins and students grab them in groups of 3-4. (At the beginning of the year, I’ve placed 6-7 books of different levels and interest areas for students to enjoy. After I’ve assessed their reading level, students start choosing their own books.)
(2) Students place their book bins on their desks and then, sit on the carpet.
(3) Continue until all students have their bins.
(4) Talk about just-right places to read in the room. Most of the time, my 1st graders prefer small corners or places. There is safety in these places, so I tend to choose these places for them – corners, chairs facing the wall, behind doors, cubbies.
(5) I pick spots for our first day only. I found this process is way overwhelming (and takes a TON of time), and my group this year could handle picking their own spots. My group this year may need to be placed for a while…we’ll see.
(6) Once students know their spots, I bring them back to the carpet.
(7) I call girls/boys to grab their book bins off their desks and then, go to their spots. We begin building stamina!
(4) Wow! I am ready to do __________ by myself and can teach others how to do it.
(3) I can do __________ by myself but sometimes need a few reminders.
(2) I tried my best. I need more practice.
(1) Help! I need to check-in with Ms. W.
This is a quick check-in and I visually scan the room. It is a great chance to see if students are actually understanding how they are doing…especially our barometer friends.
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