I had such a fun reading workshop today with my fifth graders. We spent a lot of time looking in our readers’ notebooks under the mini lesson section. All year my students have copied the mini lesson statements and the date each day throughout the year. Here is how we reviewed some of the reading strategies we have learned this year:
1. I called out a date and students found the mini lesson from that day in their notebook.
2. One student read the mini lesson to the class.
3. We talked about what type of reading strategy we learned that day and how we continue to use that strategy each time we read.
4. We picked one day from each month and followed the same steps as a review.
5. I then sent students off to work independently, completing the graphic organizer, “My Reading Strategies.” I asked them to read over the mini lessons from the year and choose 12 that were the most important to them.
6. After independent work, students gathered back at the carpet. They shared their 12 strategies with a partner.
7. After sharing, I asked students to look for strategies they chose that were the same as their partners.
8. Finally, I asked students to share with the class which strategies they had in common. We had a discussion about what is most important. The strategy that kept coming up in my class what that readers ask and answer their own questions. My students all felt that was a very important strategy!
Today was such a fun day! The students were able to see the value in taking good notes all year. They all really enjoyed looking back in their notebooks. We had a few learning experiences about taking notes as well! Some students were missing dates and others struggled to read their own handwriting. These were great teachable moments about the importance of writing for meaning!!
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I wish you all a very amazing last few weeks of school. We all make such an impact on our students’ lives, even with the few short days we have left…make them the best!!!