Want some fresh materials and ideas for your 3rd grade reading block? Are you a new teacher and need to know where to start with Daily 5 rotations? It is challenging to incorporate meaningful material into the small group rotations… EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I moved to 3rd grade last year and it took me some time to work everything into my daily schedule, so I thought I’d share! The resources I am going to share will make getting your materials ready a breeze and help you maintain your routines. Of course, my plans will require you to have at least some devices available for students to use since I am in a 1:1 school, I try to use technology when possible and when appropriate.
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Here is a peek at my 3rd grade reading block. Click the image and “make a copy” when prompted. This will give you your own copy to edit as you wish! I keep this center rotation schedule powerpoint with timers posted on my board during the reading block and run both of the timers (they are actually youtube videos). This keeps me on schedule and gives the students a visual so they know if they are moving at the right pace.
What does a 3rd grade reading block consist of? Small group rotations, book clubs, and lots of meaningful activities!
I pack all of the same elements into my third grade reading block that I did in first and second! Third graders still need some word work, just a little more focus on the comprehension skills, and they (for the most part) can read independently!
Shared Reading and Interactive Notebooks: My third graders begin their day with a read aloud! Yes, they still love being read to, and it’s very important for students to hear fluent reading every day. I created lots of comprehension units for my first and second graders, and I still use them for the most part. I read the story, complete an anchor chart or just discuss the story, focusing on the comprehension skill that we are working on that week, and then we do an activity in one of my digital interactive notebooks. Read more about them here!
Book Clubs: This takes the place of reading with a friend. Each group gets to meet with their book club 2-3 times per week. They are assigned a chapter book and read one chapter per day. After reading the chapter, they complete a quick vocabulary and comprehension check. This year they will be using my Boom Digital Response activities for this. This makes it easy for me to assign, is paperless, and easy for me to grade! If you would like to see the list of chapter books I have planned for this year, click here. If you have any requests for books you would like me to include, click here.
Meet with Teacher: This is my guided reading group time where I focus on a comprehension skill that we are working on for the week. The reading material may be the chapter book the group is reading, or a passage from readworks or readworks digital. I love their passages because they are organized by skill and grade level.
Word Work: No third grade reading block is complete without word work! I like to mix up the word work activities between digital and written. Third graders still love rainbow writing and ransom letter activities so I still include those using the resources from the Daily 5 literacy resources that I created for second grade. Blank pages are included in the spelling activities, so although our spelling words are different, the activities can still be used. And, we know our third graders could just about all use the practice with second grade words. I also use spelling city for no-prep digital spelling activities. Snag this FREE download that includes:
6 mini-posters with “I Can” statements related to Daily 5 stations
1 Daily 5 choice menu
1 graphic organizer for Read to Self or Listen to Reading
2 Word Work activities
1 September Writing Prompt
Read to Self: I kind of pack this time with fluency practice, comprehension and vocabulary. These fluency passages incorporate all of the cafe (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expression) elements into one activity. My lower groups will work with me on these during the first part of their reading group time and we will work on these again as an intervention activity. They are a great fit for interventions because you can pair students to work on these while you help small groups or individuals and change it up throughout the week. Read more about Fluency Camp here. Grab this FREE SAMPLE passage on the high interest topic of CAMPING!
Work on Writing: My third grade students might think writing is the most fun part of the reading block. I keep my writing center fully stocked easily with the writing center components of my daily literacy units. Students enjoy making a monthly journal and using the prompts to write narrative pieces, monthly list making activities, and creative writing picture prompts are fun as well.
If you have any questions about my reading block feel free to email me at email@example.com!