Reading Teams Grades 4-8 - A Guide to Setting up Reading Teams in Your Classroom
- Author : Lipsky, Ed
Why implement Reading Teams in your classroom?
For the teacher:
• Only Thirty minutes of marking every three days!
• Only Thirty minutes of photocopying once every month!
• Plenty of assessment data for reporting!
For the Students:
• Students will improve their reading fluency, clarity, and expression.
• Students will learn and apply 30 different reading comprehension strategies.
• Students will improve their oral communication skills.
• Students will learn to become collaborative and cooperative as a team and dev lop good values.
What are Reading Teams?
Reading Teams are groups of four or five students who work together cooperatively and corroboratively to study a novel chapter by chapter. Reading Team members take turns reading aloud and expressively, one paragraph at a time, until the chapter has been read. Each member of the Reading Team completes a different Reading Role Page for each chapter studied. Each member of the Reading Team shares their completed Reading Role Page with their team involving all Reading Team members in the “share” experience. This Reading Cycle is repeated for each chapter studied and with each member completing a different Reading Role Page each time.
Reading Teams is an exciting and interactive method used to promote reading in a classroom.
Students learn to cooperate, accept responsibility, and collaborate ideas during each session. This method can be applied to any grade situation including split grades. Each member of a team plays a different position or role, has designated responsibilities, and works cooperatively with all team members in order to be on a successful reading team.
Some of the reading roles are Conference Coach, Conflict Buster, Word Wizard, Map Maker, Famous Phrases, Forming Judgments, Private Investigator and Mood.