Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reading Workshop in First Grade

This is it my friends! Back to school time for me. Tomorrow is my first teacher work day. This summer went by way too fast! This year I'll be doing the reading thing again. I loved focusing on reading all day with the different age age groups. Even though I love my new job, I still miss the classroom. It's just not the same in September. When I taught 1st grade for all those years, my favorite part of the day was my beloved Reading Workshop time. It took me the first couple years to figure out what works for me. Once I did, it was SO nice! I tried to do just centers. Then I tried to do just Daily 5. I loved both... so that's what I decided to do- both! 
Today I'm going to show you how I set up my reading block. 

My reading workshop time is divided into three parts: Guided Reading, Daily 5, and literacy centers.

This is the chart I've used to let students know where they are supposed to be during reading workshop:

I have limited time for my Reading Workshop and not that many students, so 3 rotations worked me most of the time. I had a few years where I had 4 rotations. Here's what that would look like:

I didn't always have access to iPads, so during that 4th rotation, my students would do another round of Daily 5. As the year went on, I would give them special assignments during that 4th rotation. It would usually be a reader response type activity or seat work that may go with your school's reading program.

To reduce the walking around, they all keep book boxes with them. 

I hope this gives you some things to think about when deciding what your reading workshop will look like. If you love Daily 5 but also love some literacy centers, this set up may work for you. You still get to use whatever centers you love, but it's nice to not have to worry about filling that WHOLE reading workshop time with centers. I don't have any prep usually for the Daily 5 and the prep for centers is mostly done at the beginning of the month. My students love doing centers and they like that change each month. 


  1. Hi Sarah! Like you, I am no longer a classroom teacher (I teach struggling readers all day and love it!), but when I did have my own classroom of second graders, my set up was very similar to yours. I'm sharing this post with my colleagues-a few had questions about how to organize reading workshop time. Your post has several great visuals that will help them. I look forward to reading and sharing what you have to say about literacy centers in a future post. Thanks for another fantastic, informative post!! Good luck with your first week back to school!!

  2. I used your literacy centers last year and really liked them. So did my first graders! I want to try your reading block ideas, incorporating Daily 5. Do you have a product with the rotation labels, or will you soon? I would definitely get it! :-) Thanks so much....
    Maryann Jacobson

    1. HI Maryann,

      Send me your email and I'll send you those labels!


  3. Love how you incorporate centers, guided reading AND Daily 5 into your day! Wonderful variety for the kids AND you!! Now that we've met and hugged and hung out, I can picture you with your students even better and it makes me smile BIGGGGG.
    xoxox Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  4. Its been working out in some of the best possible mean and will generally reflect towards great understanding of the feature which are required to be done in the same way.

  5. Thank you for all of these wonderful organizational tips, and for describing the differences between the components! I can totally use so much of this with my 3rd graders!