Summer is a great time to dive into the Reading Units of Study books! Here are 6 things you can do to get started with this new curriculum!
- Review the Guide to the Reading Workshop book for information on what a reading workshop entails. Familiarize yourself with all the parts; Independent Reading; Mini Lessons; Small Groups; Conferencing; Assessment; Management; Partner Reading; Book Clubs; etc. This is a comprehensive go-to guide. (Notes: Primary / Intermediate)
- Read the books from the Trade Book pack. Highlight / post-it things you want to point out to your students when you read aloud. Think about what your teaching points might be. **Primary Only- Place the post-its that come with the kit in the books on the correct pages. What do the post-its focus on? What strategies will you be teaching students
- Get to know your assessments!
- Primary – There is a chapter in the Guide to the Reading Workshop book on the different assessments you can use. Really take a good look at the running records part – are we using running records to get the most information from them? Think about other assessments you may want to try – Concepts about Print, etc.
- Intermediate – Get to know the Reading Pathways book that comes with the kit. Take a look at the Learning Progressions. Where do we want kids to be? Read through the Performance Assessments. What do they ask students to do?
- Think about your plan for the year. The kit comes with 4 Units of Study, but the program encourages teachers to teach 6-8 units. What will your year look like? What other units could you teach? Take a look at the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project suggested year-long curricular plan to help you sketch out your year.
- Get to know the If Then book in your kit. Are there units in that book that you would like to try?
- Start planning Unit 1. Use this Planning Guide to help you!
Some planning and work getting to know these materials on the front-end will make next year much easier as you begin to implement!
How have you started to prepare? Let us know what you found especially helpful!!