A few weeks ago some teachers at North Street School and I investigated partner reading time in reading workshop. We began our investigation thinking that we can teach kids to use their partner reading time to practice one or more of the following:
- Accuracy - Kids can read books to or with partners and practice monitoring for accuracy and helping each other with the tricky parts.
- Fluency - Kids can read books with partners and practice reading in longer phrases and using punctuation to help with intonation.
- Comprehension - Kids can talk about their books with partners. They can retell important or favorite parts, ask for help with confusing parts, and talk about ideas across books.
USE YOUR INDEPENDENT READING TIME TO GET READY FOR PARTNER TIME.
Kristi taught her students several different options for partner reading time throughout the year and so now, rather than telling the kids how they would spend their time each day, she gave them some choices. She presented a a 'placemat' of sorts with three options:
- Ask for help
Note: These three options can change. You can add options like this:
- Act out a page or a part
- Read/perform in character voices
- Talk across books (compare/contrast)
Many kids filled up their placemat with piles of books so when partner reading time began, they were excited to follow their partner time agenda. Many of the partnerships read for 15 minutes. Bottom line - using your independent time to prepare for partner time allowed kids to have a full partner time agenda and increased their stamina. Kristi can now teach another guided reading group or strategy lesson during this block of time on some days of the week.
Thanks to Kristi for sending us the pictures!