Bamber Valley

Elementary School

Lucy Calkins
  • Participate in lessons that teach a reading strategy
  • Observe a teacher modeling reading a text, explaining their thinking and practicing skills
  • Participate in group practice and/or partner discussion
  • Spend time immersed deeply in books
  • Rehearse oral language through scripted turn and talk routines

    How is it different from other programs?
    Lucy Calkins Readers Workshop emphasizes that reading aloud is the best way to immerse children in the glories of reading, showing both how and why a person reads. The interactive read aloud provides students with:
  • Opportunities to talk and respond to text
  • An atmosphere that fosters a love of reading
  • Additional opportunities to practice learned skills and strategies
  • Knowledge to develop habits of proficient readers
  • Chances to self-monitor and comprehend while reading

    What does it look like in the classroom?
    There are many components to the reading workshop. Students will participate in a wide variety of learning experiences that include:
  • Whole group mini-lesson – focus is on learning a reading strategy (ie. re-reading)
  • Independent reading – focus is on being immersed in a text and practicing skills and strategies
  • Partner reading – focus is on discussing what they are reading in the text
  • Shared reading lesson – focus is on learning a specific reading skill (ie. vowel sounds)
  • Teacher read aloud – focus in on interacting with a text

    How can I help my student at home?
    There are a number of things that can be done at home to support reading.
  • Help find an interesting book
  • Ask your student questions about what they are reading
  • Have a spot available for reading where the reader won’t be disturbed
    Above all, read with your student or have them read to you. It is a terrific way to spend time together.
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