No, that's not me in the picture. Our VP stopped by one day this week so I had him help me out during morning meeting. We meet on the rug every day to share what we did last night/last weekend. Towards the middle of the year we will move to sharing the weather and writing what we did.
I choose a mentor text for the week based on the theme. Our themes have been family, pets, neighborhood, and school (so far). I may choose books I know the students have already read, which helps with bridging the vocabulary gap, or I may choose new books or non-fiction books. The leveled readers are typically non-fiction, so I like to liven up our reading with a good children's lit book.
There are four High Frequency Words from the mainstream classroom, and usually two or three from our leveled reader. For partner/group games, I use Reagan Tunstall's Sight Word Stick Centers, or abcya.com on the tablets. For whole group games, I use the pocket chart. One of their favorites is "Say it like a..." and they say their word like a pirate, or a zombie or a grandpa.
I really don't love using the basal so much, but I have these students first period, then they go right back to their first grade teacher who is using the basal. So it helps to give them a little preview/background about what they'll be studying. There are weeks when I'll deviate from the basal (my favorite weeks!) and use a unit from my store or someone else's. I typically do that around holidays or when I want to do a reader's theater.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my classroom! How do you structure your reading block? Leave me a note in the comments!