Sunday, August 26, 2012

How I Manage Reader's Workshop


I am so excited to share my READer's Workshop Rotation Board with you. My Math Workshop Rotation Board is my #2 selling product {and has a 4.0 rating with close to 500 votes}. I found it to be so successful in my classroom, that I created a similar format for structuring my reading block.




I divide my class into 4 groups and they rotate throughout the workshop. Like my MATH board, I created this to follow the word READ as an acronym.


R: Reader Response
E: Enjoy a Book
A: At your Seat
D: Discuss the Text

This format allows my to fully integrate our reading curriculum with guided reading, 1:1 conferences, self-selected reading and activities and projects. I love knowing that I can differentiate based on ability and meet the individual needs of my learners while providing them all with worthwhile activities throughout the entire reading block.

(I use Treasures, but any program could be used with this system...or you could use it to do your own thing as well)

Included in the printable packet are the rotation cards, title, group numbers and pocket job titles. Each card/image can be customized to any color you want by printing onto colored paper to meet your needs.


{Click here to access and download My READer's Workshop Rotation Board Packet}




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26 comments:

  1. I love how clean and visually organizing your boards look. That black is so stunning. I do something VERY similar for rotations. Love it!

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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    1. Thanks so much Kimberly. I love rotations! :) Jodi

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  2. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but none of the links are working : ( LOVE your stuff!!!

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm not sure what happened. I need to redo all the links. Grrrr! :) Jodi

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  3. I can't see it either, error found. I can wait to see it though.

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    1. Here's the direct link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/READER-WORKSHOP-ROTATION-BOARD-classroom-managementorganization-tool

      I need to figure out what is going on with all those other ones. :) Jodi

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  4. I can't get it to link either! I LOVE your resources! They are beyond amazing!

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    1. Is it a freebie? I don't want to miss that!!

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  5. I have started using your math rotation board and I am liking it. I struggled with starting math groups last year and would often just not have groups that day because my system confused me and I didn't have time to adjust them. Using your system we have had groups everyday that I planned to have them this school year. We are still working out the kinks, but its going to be great when my kiddos get used to the system. Not to mention, I get complements daily from teachers about how clean the wall looks and how organized it is. If I weren't already doing Daily 5, I would certainly download this too.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Heather! It truly makes my day to hear that something I've created is helping other teachers and students that are not my own. Thanks for taking the time to write! :) Jodi

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  6. Hi there...I was wondering how long your Language Arts block is? Do students rotate through all activities each day? I have done Reader's Workshop in the past, and this year our district purchased Treasures, so I am excited to see the two programs combined. T

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    1. Good Morning,
      My plan is to write a much more detailed post about the nuts and bolts of how I use this. I actually break down my writer's workshop, reader's workshop and a word study time into 3 different blocks. This tends to be about an hour although sometimes I stagger it throughout the day (i.e. if I have 20 minutes in the morning I may do a rotation). Have you started using Treasures yet?

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    2. I'm anxious to read your post on the nuts and bolts of how you make this work. I'm trying to tweak my Readers Workshop and really want to do something like this.

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  7. Jodi, you do this instead of CAFE and Daily 5? Looks great!

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  8. Jodi, you do this instead of CAFE and Daily 5? Looks great!

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    1. Hi there,
      Yes and No. I've read both books and do incorporate some elements into my instruction. I start the year with EEKK, just-right books, and other things like that. However, in general I found the format to be too "loosey-goosey" for my kids. I needed something more structures and I needed a way to make sure I was covering everything my district and the provided curriculum required. This has been the best of both worlds for me. I'm planning on doing a video and much more detail on both this and my math board soon. :) Jodi

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    2. Hi Jodi! I am planning to purchase both your Math and Reading Workshop Rotation boards and am eagerly awaiting the video/detailed post about how to use them!

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  9. Love the Reading Rotation board. I am using your math rotation board this year too! I have a quick question, I also use the 3rd grade Treasures and wonder which section would guided reading with leveled readers fit into? I also would like to incorporate technology into the rotations.

    Looking forward to your response.

    ;) Stacy

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  10. I love the look of your board. However, I'm trying to figure out how it actually works. Does everyone go to the same center at the same time? Do you split them up? Do you do a writing, word work, listening type center too? I would love to use this since it looks so easy for kids to follow. Just trying to figure out how I can work it in. Thanks!

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  11. Love the idea of chopping up the dollar pocket charts!!!!

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  12. I love the reading rotations board. I can't wait to find out more!

    Kelly
    Teaching Fourth

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  13. I love this idea..... I am also hoping that you would be willing to share ou strategy of integrating rworkshop and your treasures series!! I have been racking my brain alllll summer long... Time doesn't allow me to have two separate blocks of time.... I would love to know what your week at a glance looks like... When you are able to give them independent reading time and when you read the treasures selection....

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  14. I really have enjoyed reading over how your math rotations and reading rotations work. Next year I am hoping to change this up in my class and I think I might try it your way and purchase your products. However, my only question is I noticed that there are only 4 days of rotations for both your reading and math stations what about the 5th day?

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