In the fall, I will be teaching language arts using a new textbook: Reading Street. I’ve heard a lot about it from elementary teachers, most of whom have used the word “overwhelming”.
Basically, it is an all-encompassing textbook. It includes reading, writing, computer skills, grammar, spelling, etc. Each week is a separate piece that goes into a 6 week unit. Students complete a piece of writing each week, as well as read a story, part of a book or article. In addition, they complete a research project and present their findings.
This summer, I have been going through the materials and creating powerpoints for each day. I’m not sure how well they will work, but the process has given me a structure to look at it with. In addition, I’m able to put everything together in an easy-to-use (I hope, anyway) format. I also listed times for each activity, in order to help me stay on track as I work through class.
I have attached one of the powerpoints – let me know what you think. I would love to hear from other teachers:
Will this make things easier for me?
Are the time frames reasonable?
Is this a huge waste of my time?
I’ll post some others, too. Feel free to use them in your classroom – but be sure to let me know how it goes!