Our Reading Block

I thought I’d share a little of my reading block! We started off our reading block today with a bit of yoga. This has become a daily thing around here. We are obsessed with “The Sun Dance” song/video. I’m *pretty sure* the video is intended for a younger audience, but my firsties don’t seem to mind. Shhh! Don’t tell them.


You can watch it here:


Today, we worked at different stations around the classroom. My rotation system is nothing special! I group my students heterogeneously and try to switch up each team’s members often. Today, we visited four different stations: 1. Stars in Action (Verb Practice Station) 2. It’s a “Just Right Book” (Quiet Reading Station… simple enough, right?) 3. Wow vs. Blah Writing (Writing Station) 4. Rainbow Namebow (Poetry Station) Here, at the Verb Practice Station, is one of my little ladies snapping pictures and recording all of the verbs she found around the classroom.  My kids were totally loving these simple little cameras. This “Stars in Action!” activity comes from my newest packet, Lights, Camera, ACTION {Verb Activity Packet}.

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Nothing beats a good book, right? My kids love finding a cozy spot to read in. When I’m not working with a small group, I usually float around and listen to them read. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day!

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This sweet girl is taking this “BLAH!” sentence and making it into a “WOW!” sentence at our Writing Station. One of my best buddies, Kelley, over at Teacher Idea Factory created this GENIUS activity. I have never seen such motivated children in my entire life. Even my most reluctant writers are HOOKED. You can read more about it here. The “Blah” Sentence: The crab jumps. Her “Wow” Sentence: “The loving crab jumps up high on his trampoline.” (We are still working on b/d…can’t you tell?)


The last stop was at the poetry station. We are in the early stages of writing poetry, but they are LOVING IT! We used the letters in our names to make acrostic poems. Each student wrote out their name adjectives on rainbow-colored strips. These strips will be attached to clouds tomorrow to create a CUTE Rainbow Namebow craft made by another one of my best buddies, Reagan. You can grab this activity here. These are going to look so bright and cheery when we’re finished with them.


Well, there it is. A little sneak peek at my reading block. How do you set up your reading block?

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  • Hope Blumenthal March 14, 2013, 2:05 am

    All of your activities look great and meaningful. Can I come?!?!

  • Angie Monahan March 14, 2013, 2:27 am

    I love it! Bought your verb pack today and can't wait until next week when we use the cameras too! Will take pics for you!! Also, the rainbow poetry is awesome too. Have a friend doing weather this week and plan to share this tomorrow with her! You rock!

  • Kristin March 14, 2013, 3:51 am

    Fun! I'd love to be a kiddo in your room!

  • Stefanie Galvin March 14, 2013, 9:15 am

    Can't wait to buy your verb pack – it looks fabulous, just like your reading stations. I especially love the Wow vs. Blah writing!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  • Miss Trayers March 14, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing the yoga video. This is the first year I've tried to incorporate it and my kids love it. Will have to share this one with them! 🙂