During reading we use something called the Daily 5 or CAFE. This is a framework for structuring literacy. This takes place immediately after the read aloud/mini lesson for the day. Our literacy block typically runs for one hour and 35 minutes. The students have about one hour of rotation time after initial instruction is complete.
How does it work?
Throughout the week, students rotate from four authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include:
- Read to Self,
- Work on Writing,
- Read to Partner,
- Word Work.
Below you will see a picture of the literacy rotation used in our classroom and how it is organized. This will give you a closer look at what the kids see in the room throughout the week.
This picture was taken as a view of our THURSDAY rotation.
Students are put into groups by color. Their names have been blurred out, but they are in either PURPLE, YELLOW, BLUE, or RED. and have a corresponding number 1-2-3-4.
As you can see, each rotation is labeled and matches the color to the groups on the right.
The arrow indicates which direction your group will flow into the next day.
Word Work - This is currently a *FREE CHOICE* since we have not started word study. During this free choice, students are able to work on ANY of the 3 other choices that they may be behind on.
In the next few weeks, we WILL begin word study. Students will be given a list of words and have 2 weeks to complete a given set of choice activities.
Digital Literacy - This is currently the kids working on their writing but it changes weekly. Typically digital literacy will consist of a blog post or a Discovery Education assignment.
*Directions to sign on to BOTH of these will be on the home page*
Partner Reading - Partner reading is typically social studies or science content reading that is aligned with our curriculum. The assignment will reflect the current standard(s) we are working on in class.
Scholastic - Every week, each student will receive a Scholastic News magazine for Grades 5/6. It is a print & online nonfiction magazine designed to build proficiency in key areas of the Common Core Standards.
Each Monday students will receive 2-4 sheets with questions/activities that go along with the articles within the magazine. They will work on these during their designated rotation times. We will go OVER all of the answers Friday in class.
Since center rotations are only Monday - Thursday, if they are not finished with Scholastic by Thursday afternoon, they need to take it home for homework.
These centers reflect just ONE choice of their double rotations. The second rotation is always Read To Self. The only day they do NOT have read to self time is when they are meeting with the teacher for book club. I will take up that time on their designated day.
On some days, yes, there will be days where they will only have time for one rotation - if that is the case, they will use their single rotation to do their center assignments.
Each activity for each center is put under the document camera and explained in great detail on the day it is assigned.
I hope this helped some of you see how our Literacy Block works each day!