Then, starting on day 2, we started with the first strategy, "Look at the picture." Each day we tackled another strategy.
On Day 4, we wanted kids to see that good readers don't stretch out every single word. Sometimes they drill through the word.
Authors CraftWe also spent two weeks teaching author’s craft! This is one of my most favorite things to teach during Reader’s Workshop. I love how they start using the craft in their own writing. Each day we look at a different craft that authors use. We would find evidence of that craft in mentor text and then talk about why the author chose that craft. The author writes things in a way so that the reader knows how the author wants us to read it!
CelebrationWe finish the unit with this fun craftivity where the kids make the tools and a little tool box to hold them! To make the paper bag tool box....Cut the edges on all 4 sides of the bag. Put the sides and the front flaps inside the bag. Fold the back flap down to make the lid. Add a pipe cleaner to make a handle. Children add the tools. We keep the tool boxes at school for a while. When the kids come to guided reading, invite them to find a tool in their box. Lay it beside their book. When reading, see if this tool will help you!
These ideas are from the Unit 7 Reader's Workshop Building Foundations.