Today we started reading groups. Most days I will meet with 2 - 3 reading groups. I will meet with them for 20-25 minutes. The kids who are not in the reading group will stay online and work on classwork. Most of it will be tasks that have directions that are easy to follow so they can work independently. I also have some coloring/art type activities for them to do because this is a good way for the children to take a break and feel calm. If they are in a reading group, they may not finish all the work, but they can work on it the following day. The children who are in reading group will be reading mostly Benchmark books, but will also read some other books from Epic or that I am sharing on screen. They will also do some word work with me in the group which may be practicing red words, doing sound sorts, writing words or writing a response to their reading. Today went really well. I kept the reading group time short and we just worked on getting in to the break out room, reading together, and going back to the main room. The kids who remained in the Zoom room worked really well and were focused on their work for the most part. I have a second computer set up to monitor that room, so I can see what is going on and if anyone needs help.
I will be sending out more information next week about the Benchmark website where you can go to read with your child and play a few games if you like.
Have a nice evening!