Balanced Literacy in a Literacy Rich Environment

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Balanced Literacy in a Literacy Rich Environment by Mind Map: Balanced Literacy in a Literacy Rich Environment

1. Read Alouds

1.1. Student Materials

1.1.1. none, students just listen to the story. After the story words for a word wall with pictures

1.2. Professional Materials

1.2.1. an engaging book that is above students reading level to help them with vocabulary. Perhaps a book stand and a pointer depending on the size of the book.

1.3. physical space

1.3.1. students sitting at their desks or on a carpet listening to the story read by the educator

1.4. classroom Atmosphere

1.4.1. quiet,calm whole class activity

1.5. time/ structure

1.5.1. 10-15 minutes for younger grades. Allow for reading and questions/ predictions.

2. Shared Reading

2.1. student materials

2.1.1. none, students use teachers' materials

2.2. Professional materials

2.2.1. a book that is at students overall instructional level, a book holder and pointer. The reading material needs to have text big enough for all students to see.

2.3. physical space

2.3.1. whole group together in a large reading area. the classroom should have cue cards with words or posters reminding students of reading strategies they are learning.

2.4. classroom atmosphere

2.4.1. light hearted, encouraging and quiet so students feel as though they can participate and learn openly with the rest of their class.

2.5. time/ structure

2.5.1. 15-20 minutes. with increased student involvement with each additional lesson on the same text.

3. Guided Reading

3.1. student materials

3.1.1. a leveled book based on their instructional reading level. CVV word flash cards, high frequency word flash cards, reading strategies charts for reference

3.2. professional materials

3.2.1. activities and lessons for small groups to work on while practicing and watching modelled independent reading.

3.3. physical space

3.3.1. small group table away from the rest of the class.

3.4. classroom atmosphere

3.4.1. students who are not working on guided reading are working on other activities that are quiet.

3.5. time/ structure

3.5.1. approximately 15 minutes of structured literacy instruction.

4. Independent Reading

4.1. student materials

4.1.1. students choose a book that is just right for them.

4.2. professional materials

4.2.1. anecdotal observational notes, assessment strategies for written work for decoding, summarizing, inferring etc..

4.3. physical space

4.3.1. anywhere in the classroom that the students are comfortable

4.4. classroom atmosphere

4.4.1. all students are reading independently so it is quiet and relaxing

4.5. time/ structure

4.5.1. students read for a varied amount of time depending on age. 5-10 for he little ones, 10-20 junior and upper primary grades, 20-30 minutes for intermediate and higher.