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    Re: Getting started with 4 blocks
    brad

    On 7/09/08, Jannie Humphrey wrote:
    > On 7/09/08, Beth Dwyer wrote:
    >> Hi! I was wondering if anyone could give me some good
    >> advice starting 4 Blocks in my classroom. It is not a
    >> school wide project. I wanted tweek my reading program. I
    >> would be using the basal reader from Houghton Mifflin
    >> which does include some level readers. I thought I start
    >> with Guided reading, but keep thinking I should at least
    >> add Working with words and Shared reading. I have read so
    >> much my head is spinning. Now I know it is time to plan.
    >> Thank you to all...

    Since you cannot say you are doing 4 Blocks, until you are
    doing all Four Blocks , I recommend diving in with all
    four at once. If you begin with Guided Reading and do it the 4
    Blocks Way, then you must have Self-Selected Reading to provide
    the students with at-their-level reading daily. Also, you will
    need the Words Block to focus on the phonics skills they need,
    as the focus in Guided is comprehension.

    Sit down with your schedule and determine when you can fit each
    of the blocks into your day. Go for 45 minutes in Writing and
    GR with 30 in SSR and Words. (For me a half hour in Writing
    and GR is never enough and feels rushed; plus I have many other
    reasons). If you need some help with your schedule, post
    back. The people on this board are great with providing help.

    brad

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