I use the exact same schedule for my reading centers as I do for my math centers. This makes it extra easy for students to learn the routine.
I am privileged to have 90 minutes for reading.
I have four different reading groups that are grouped by ability level. I meet with only two of these groups per day. This may sound crazy to some of you, but it really makes the most of our time. Since I meet with only two of the groups, I am able to meet with them for 30 minutes each. I used to meet with every group each day. Since I have reading groups four days per week, this meant (on paper) an hour of small group time for each student. Now, I meet with each group twice per week for 30 minutes. Many would say that I am still meeting with each group for the same amount of time, but in reality, I am meeting with each group longer now. I have less transitions and time lost while students are putting away materials and moving to the next center. It also means that I am able to delve in deeper with my group and the read to self students are able to actually get through enough reading to get engaged. Prior to doing just two groups per day, I felt like we read two paragraphs and then had to switch. Now we are reading deeper and having more conversation about the text. I love it.
This is how our schedule looks for the week:
I do not have reading groups on Fridays. We have an entirely different schedule for Fridays due to early release. We do assessments for any subject that needs one, science, social studies and sometimes we have time for STEAM projects or art.
Students know where to go each day thanks to these signs on my cabinet. I typed the centers each group would do on each day and then laminated the paper. I use dry erase markers to write student names on the paper. This makes it super simple to change out my groups whenever I feel that it is needed.
I do not offer these signs in my store because they are very specific to my class. But it is simple for you to make a set that is specific to your class!
- Students are not permitted in the library during center time. They must choose books and put them in their book box during snack or pack up time. This insures that students are spending all of their center time reading.
- Students must read the entire time. I should never see their eyeballs because they should be glued to their book.
We are blessed to have a small set of chromebooks in our classroom. My school purchased licenses for i-Ready and students are required to do these lessons during center time. The program provides mini lessons on reading skills. Students are reading passages and answering questions that pertain to the text and the skill.
This program is pricey. If the school was not paying for it for me, I would use Moby Max instead. It is FREE and has many of the same types of lessons.