Just because I teach 5th grade doesn’t mean my students are too old for reading workshop! Many teachers have the idea that once a student gets past 2nd or 3rd grade, the workshop model is not appropriate. I’ve been using the workshop model in both math and reading for the past 7 years! When I taught workshop math, my test scores were always above the state, regional area, and district. Reading workshop is a bit more challenging because so many students struggle with reading.
Reading is so complex that you really have to pinpoint where the student is struggling. With math, you only have a few areas to look at, but with reading you must consider phonics, decoding, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and many other areas. I’ve tried the Daily 5 model in my classroom, but I just didn’t have the time. Since I teach ELA to all fifth grade students, I have about 80 students who come in and out my door each day. That’s a lot of students and lessons but not enough time. Today I wanted to share with you what my 5th grade workshop model looks like and how you can make it work in your classroom.
The last time I posted my schedule, it went viral on Pinterest. So, this let me know that there are a lot of other teachers out there who are trying to make the best of their class time and do great things for their students! Here is how my schedule will look for next year. I will go into detail about each component of my workshop model. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I’d love to hear about what other upper grades teachers are doing to make time for workshop in their classroom! If there is anything you want me to explain or go into detail about, please email me at email@example.com or comment below!