read alouds

Visual Plans -Reading Block Revised... again! ;)

I am just going to right on ahead and post these visual plans today! Why not do 2 blog posts in one day?! ;)

I've been talking to Meredith from Creativity to the Core non-stop about my reading block and how I am struggling with implementing the reading workshop approach with the station rotations and guided reading meetings that I love. I knew there had to be a way to do it and she helped organize me and guide me into what I should do. Like, she even drew pictures for me! (ah, love her!) 

I like the reading workshop idea, but I feel like there are so many gaps and it can get tedious (just my opinion). So, I am not going to delve deep into it all just yet because I just started but I am letting you peek at my plans and see how I differentiate and get it all in. It worked last week and I bet it will work again!! The kids were SO engaged and busy with meaningful work! The reading block is as follows: 
1.Mini-lesson/active learning
2. Off to stations they go
3. Stations Include: Read to self, respond to reading, skill work, teacher table and word study.

Students only visit four stations a day so each day I switch out station strips. (I will do a blog post later once I've gathered photos)!

Oh, and I am a freebie hound... so, there are a lot of freebie links in there from me and many other amazing TPT-ers!

Just click here or on the image below to see my visual plans up close & to be able to click on the product links!

I hope you can find these useful!
Have a great weekend!!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your plans! How long do your kids stay at each station?

    1. You're welcome! They stay 20 minutes at each station. So, we have a 20 minute whole class mini-lesson and then 80 minutes of reading rotations! -If you find a way to mix in science and social studies it is definitely doable!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! Your plans look awesome :) My struggle is how you manage to have five do you rotate them? I just do 4, because somehow I just can't wrap my brain around the!