Resources for a great Reading Workshop


The Question:

We will be starting reading workshop in my kindergarten classroom this fall. Any suggestions on how to get it started and where do I find good resources for it?

The Answers:

It very important to teach the exact behaviors you expect. Model them. Practice them. Insist that the students follow the procedures. Take a long time establishing the behaviors you want. It sometimes takes a month or more, depending on the group.
A good way for establishing expectations and behaviors is with the Daily 5. We use that model for the kids who are not in a group with us. All you really need to get started with it is the book, and for me, reading it was just a reminder of how much practice and modeling is really needed for the kids to internalize expectations and procedures. Too many times we rush them through things because we are expected to do so much, and in turn the kids are expected to do so much that we feel like we never have enough time. But taking the time to practice, practice, practice each little thing definitely makes it more productive in the long run. For me, it was a good reminder of slowing down and practicing expectations for a lot of things, not just for daily 5/guided reading.
Kim Adsit has a good program, her lessons are already planned out and include anchor charts (print and make)….follows some to most of Daily 5. Check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Jan Richardson – Pre-A and Emergent lessons!
Practice how it should look. Where will they be? What will they be doing? How to solve a dilemma in their own. Looking at the above comment….seems to be a common theme.
Daily 5 it teaches great independence so you can work with a small group and the kids love it because they get to choose what they do
Kim Adsit’s reader’s workshop units are fabulous. You can get them on TpT. I taught the main concept of the daily lesson each day and then used Daily 5 for small group time.
I agree about Kim Adsit’s program. Everything you need is there. I love the anchor charts! You just print the words and cut and paste. So easy to do and not overwhelming!
My challenge is incorporating what I like about Daily 5 with 6 Traits and the newest edict, Lucy Calkin’s workshops. So I appreciate this post. Thanks.
I’m only in school to become a teacher but what are all these systems and programs? Doesn’t anybody do it the traditional way with a book read aloud with rhyming words and word work relating to those rhymes?
I use a modified version of Daily Five for management and LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) for guided reading with my groups.
Amy, TpT is the website, “Teachers Pay Teachers,” where you can purchase lessons, etc. online. All these systems and programs are various ways to teach reading in the classroom. The word work now fits in at guided reading time or centers. As you hang out with us you’ll learn along the way. Good luck!
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project website has some great resources for getting started. I love the workshop model for teaching reading and writing!
I have done readers workshop with Lucy Calkins for 9 years. It is awesome. I have heard Daily 5 is good. Also the book Starting with Comprehension is great to teach thinking skills.
Kelsey I really love the Kim Adsit Reader’s Workshop Lessons, they align to the Teachers College Readers Workshop, also Kathy Collins book Growing Readers is a good resource!
A book called “The Book Whisperer” is a great place to start….
Suzanne Have you read the Daily 5 and Cafe book? That’s what prompted me to use Reader’s Workshop in my kindergarten room.

One thought on “Resources for a great Reading Workshop

  1. Debbie Miller’s Reading With Meaning is an excellent resource to help you incurporate a Reader’s Workshop.

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