Sunday, August 14, 2011

Read to Someone

I wrote a pretty extensive post HERE about my Word Work center, but there have been several questions about the contents of my other tubs.  Today, I'm focusing solely on my Read to Someone area, but keep your eyes peeled for the other centers throughout the week.  Please be aware of the fact that I am continually revamping and rethinking everything, and right now, these are a work in progress.  It's really nothing earth-shatterning, and  I have no idea how it's all going to fit together with Reading Street (for sure).  At this point, I can only speculate and cross my fingers that it will work like I hope it will.  I try to keep centers simple, easy to manage, and predictable so that they can be used for a variety of purposes and with a variety of books.  I have battled with trying to manage constantly-evolving centers in the past, and I admire teachers who make it work.  Simply put, it doesn't work for me.  :)   I would LOVE to hear how you have organized this center in your own classrooms!  

This is my little Read to Someone Tub.
Here's a little looksie inside of the tub.  I probably will add more goodies over time.  The pointers are drink stirrers!  The bookmark was created by Cara at The First Grade parade, and you can grab a copy here:

I filled little tubs from the Dollar Tree with comprehension questions so they can be read without opening the containers.  You can snag this freebie from Christina Bainbridge here:
These checkmarks for "Check for Understanding" are also from Christina Bainbridge.  They are for sale at Teaching Oasis!

I don't remember where I downloaded the "Ways to Read to Someone" sign.   I adapted this idea from someone else's blog.  I think it may have been Beg, Borrow, and Steal:

This is really blurry, but basically since I will not be able to do literature circles with my students anymore, I took two copies of each duplicate book I own and created a separate area for Read to Someone.  This will (hopefully) ensure that these books make it back to their home and aren't mixed in with the rest of the library.  The two crates hold clipboards and whiteboards for now... until I can think of a better storage solution in my new classroom.  I'm not loving this look!

Students will be permitted to sit on these reading rugs {from Target} while they read together.

The lion is a small nod to my old school.  I'll miss my MES Lions! Oddly enough, I'm at another MES now.


  1. I'm glad I found your blog! I just ordered the Daily 5 so I'm sure this post will help me understand how it works!

  2. From one MES-ite to another MES-ite... lol... I like the Daily Five, but have never incorporated it. Perhaps I can try my own twist on it. Still, I am appalled you cannot approach things the way you desire during center time. Try to incorporate all of your old things into the components of the Daily Five, if you can. As for the display you don't like, maybe go for plastic drawers or a basic bookcase (from like, Target, maybe) and put the bins on the top. I did that last year.

    I now have to march over to Dollar Tree to purchase a few finishing touches. Things have basically been better, by the way. Wanted you to know that. :) We'll both be awesome this year... nobody can stop us from being our sensational selves!

    - Victoria

  3. Thank you for posting about Read to Someone! You answered many of my questions.
    Rambling About Reading

  4. Thank you! I appreciate the freebie as well. It will make a nice addition to my room.

  5. Thank you. You have great ideas!

    Grade ONEderful

  6. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  7. Thanks Amanda for answering my questions. You're wonderful. Look forward to your next post. Mary

  8. Amanda

    Love your work as always. The 3 Ways To Read to Someone sign is available to download from Pro Teacher from a generous teacher.


  9. Thanks for sharing all of your cute ideas!! I am having a cute giveaway if you would like to check it out!!

    Miss J@smilescrayonsandendlessstories

  10. Thanks for sharing about your Read to Someone tub, lots of great ideas. Love your rugs too. Did you get them recently at Target? Were they very expensive? Would be cute in my jungle them classroom.

  11. I love your cards looking too much pretty use lovely color in designing....

    Plastic Card

  12. Hi I;m having trouble locating the "ways to read to someone "poster as I can't find it on proteacher or the beg, borrow site. Can anyone help? Thanks Mary

  13. Are those rugs on sale at Target now? Those are really neat!

  14. The rugs are from last spring... but sometimes they have similar mats that they put in the Dollar Spot from time to time. The only thing that really changes is the design.

  15. I absolutely love your blog! I dream of having my centers as organized as you do. Thanks for sharing :)