Are you looking for more opportunities to encourage your students to apply what they have learned from your spelling and phonics instruction WHILE they read? Let me share this success story with you!
We all know that first graders LOVE to read and be read to! The method described below gives them an opportunity to do both. They read independently hunting for spelling patterns AND are read to by their classmates while they listen for spelling patterns!
Right here, on this page, I will share with you my tried and true method of how to disguise Read to Self as a little more: Word Study! Using what kids love:
color coded “gumballs”
decodable “just right” readers
Share Time (they all LOVE Share Time)
I begin our day (prior to the Daily 5) with a phonics/spelling mini lesson. For example, if we are studying digraphs we might complete a spelling sort or a short fluency passage. To read more about how I manage DiFfErEnTiAtEd Word Study groups using Words Their Way click HERE.
We close our mini lesson by taking a “sneak peak” at their assigned story for Read to Self. The story would include words with digraphs.
I provide my students with Read To Self bookmarks to mark the page in our decodable readers to help them quickly find their assigned story and to remind them of what is expected of them:
If you would like to download a copy of the Read to Self bookmarks click HERE.
INDEPENDENT READING DURING READ TO SELF:
During the Daily 5 centers, students spend time at the Read to Self center where they first complete their assigned reading and move on to their self selected reading. As they read the assigned decodable story, they hunt for words that contain a digraph and jot them down on a post-it to share with the class after the Daily 5. My students benefit from using a color coded system for our spelling patterns that we like to call “gumballs”:
Once my firsties have completed their assigned reading, they may move on to their own self-selected books. I encourage them to look for these spelling patterns in these books as well. It is important for them to use those stickies as a bookmark on the page where they found the word in the book. They will need to find that page quickly during Share Time.
Once all students have had an opportunity to learn at each Daily 5 station, we meet at the carpet for a Share. This is when my first graders take the lead as “teacher” and TEACH their classmates their current Word Study focus.
Share Time is a favorite part of our day! By mid-year, my first graders have the routine down pat and run the show themselves. This leaves me the time to review their work from the Daily 5.
Here is a short video of how my students run Share Time independently as a celebration of their Word Work during Read to Self:
Including a Word Study Share as part of your Daily 5 routine is an excellent way to help motivate your students to apply their Word Study focus and to celebrate what they have accomplished.
It is also a great opportunity for children to learn from their peers, especially if you are differentiating your Word Study groups. Children in advanced Word Study groups can introduce new spelling patterns to children who are not yet at that stage. And on the flip-side, children who have already learned a spelling pattern will have an opportunity to review those patterns they have previously learned!
Share Time also allows you to informally assess your students’ ability to apply what they have learned.
If you would like a free download of the Read to Self Thinkmark, you can find it HERE.
In the last decade, I have been using the Daily 5 Management for Centers and Small Group instruction. In those years, I have morphed the Daily 5 into a system that combines MANY best practices (differentiation, Daily 5, Words Their Way, Lucy Calkins, Orton Gillingham… the list goes on).
Teaching is an art. If we go about our instruction utilizing the best programs and resources we can get our hands on, we find amazing results! This story is a testimonial!