Presentation on theme: "Daily Independent Reading Time (DIRT)"— Presentation transcript:
1Daily Independent Reading Time (DIRT) Mrs. Martin’sFifth Grade Class
2Classroom LibrarySo that you may begin reading books at school before the Mimosa library opens, you will need to know how to check out books from the classroom library.Choose a book – record inpurple library notebook onyour page.
3How to Check Out BooksWhen you have finished the book, put 1 line through your information after you return the book to a basket.Get another book and start all over again.
4Rules During DIRT We read silently We remain still and in one spot for the duration of DIRTRead the whole timeWe can only do our best thinking while reading if we follow these 3 simple rules.
5Procedures during DIRT DIRT will take place daily. Be prepared by bringing your book to class every day!During this time, the teacher will be conferencing with individual students or small groups of studentsOnly under emergency circumstances will the teacher be interrupted during DIRT
6Keeping records during DIRT – very important! Remember to write down all of the books you read on your reading log, which is located in your Language Arts Journal.Record all titles, start & finish dates!!!
7How Readers Choose Books Which of these do you use?Front cover/inside jacket/back of bookAnother book in a seriesInteresting TitleAuthors we know and likeRecommendation from teacher, friendBooks that are moviesGenres we like to read (continued)
8How Readers Choose Books Read the beginningAward winning bookNew or popular bookSequel to a book we’ve readHeard it read aloudRead it before and enjoyed itDo you have others?Which of these will you try?
9How Readers Choose Books: Just Right Books “Good Fit” books are books that are not too easy or too challenging for us, but that are just right.That is, we can understand what we are reading, but it isn’t so easy that we aren’t challenged at all, and it isn’t so challenging that we are struggling to understand.
10How Readers Choose Books: Just Right Books So, after reading the first few pages of a book, you should be able to tell if it is just right for you by answering these few questions to yourself:
11How Readers Choose Books: Just Right Books If you can answer yes to these questions, it is probably “JUST RIGHT” for you!Is this book new to me or one I would like to read again?Do I understand what I’ve read so far?Are there just a few words per page I don’t know?When I read are some places smooth and just a few choppy?Am I interested in spending time reading this book?
12How Readers Choose Books: Too challenging Did you know that regularly reading books that are too difficult for us actually leads to frustration, and causes us to avoid reading? and doesn’t help us improve our reading skills?Reading books which are too challenging actually weakens our skills over time.
13How Readers Choose Books: Too Challenging If you answer “yes” to these questions, it is probably too challenging.Are there more than five words on each page I don’t know?Am I confused about what is happening in this book? Do I feel bored?When I read, does it sound pretty choppy and slow?
14How Readers Choose Books: Too Easy Sometimes it is nice to read books that are too easy for us, but in general we should read books that are “Just Right” for us.A steady diet of books which are too easy for us won’t help us to improve our reading skills either.
15How Readers Choose Books: Too Easy If you answer “yes” to these questions, it is probably too easy.Have I read it lots of times before?Do I understand the story without really having to think about it?Do I know every word?Can I read it smoothly on the first try?
16Losing MeaningThe main job for you as a reader is to keep track of when you stop understanding, or when you have lost the meaning of what you are reading.Today, when this happens, please mark it with a Post-it note.
17Losing meaning…What can you do when you lose the meaning as you are reading along?
23Making ConnectionsGood readers are always thinking about what they understand and about how they feel about what they are reading.One important way of understanding and relating to what we read is to make connections with the text.
24Making Connections Everyone has tons of background knowledge. Background knowledge is the total of all of the things that you know and remember.
25Making ConnectionsLet’s take a 2-minute look at how rich our background knowledge is right now.In your Writer’s Notebook (WN), make a quick web of everything you know or have experienced in relation to spiders. This can be knowledge from home, books, school, and television or maybe scary or funny stories from your memory.Example of a “spider web” on following slide!
26Making Connections Spiders Example of a Spider Web Spiders carry their egg sacks in theirmouthLindsey freaksout when shesees even tinyspidersSpidersThe pet store hastarantulas incagesMy friend Karenhad to have surgeryon her leg from aspider bite
27Making ConnectionsWhen we read something, our brains are reminded of all of our background knowledge, or connections.There are at least 4 kinds of connections:
28Making Connections T – S Text-to-Self (Not sure what text is? Text is simply the words you are reading)What you are reading reminds you of something you yourself have experienced before
29Making Connections T – T Text-to-Text What you are reading Charlotte’s WebT – T Text-to-TextWhat you are readingreminds you of something you read before in a book, article, magazine, newspaper, etc.By E.B. White
30Making Connections T – M Text-to-Media What you are reading reminds you of a TV show, a movie, or a song.
31Everybody knows spiders have eight legs. Making ConnectionsT – W Text-to-WorldWhat you are reading reminds you of common knowledge that many people shareEverybody knows spiders have eight legs.
32Making ConnectionsAs you read today (and every day!) pay attention to the ways your brain is connecting to the text.Place a post-it note any place in your reading that causes you to have a connection. Come up with at least 3.After you are finished you can write down exactly what you were thinking about and put the Post-it notes on the bulletin board.
33Framework for Reading Conferences Bring me the book you have been readingWhy did you choose this book?What is the level of this book for you?Tell me what the book is about so far.Share a response from this book in your RRJ with me.
34Framework for Reading Conferences 6. Read this part of the book for me.Tell me what you remember about what you just read.Let’s discuss strengths and what you need to work on.How long do you think it will take you to complete this book?
35Framework for Reading Conferences Remember, the teacher must have uninterrupted reading conferences in order to help students with reading.If you have a question during DIRT, reserve it for before, between or after conferences.
36READ! READ! READ!When you complete a book, be sure to record it on your blue card.When you have 500 pages, you will be able to add a fish to the pond!