4. Materials

Accumulating and organizing materials for reading, writing, and Word Work is the final element of preparing a student-centered classroom.


4.1 Students need an appropriate number of good-fit books.

  • Beginning readers may have 8–10 good-fit books.
  • Advanced readers may have one–three good-fit books.

Related: I PICK Method for Choosing Good-fit Books »

4.2 Students may have a vessel to hold their books.

  • Readers need good-fit material with them during each session to stay in one spot, work the whole time, and advance their reading practice.
  • Options include a book box, handled bag, zippered plastic baggie, and more.

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4.3 Reading materials are available to students

  • The goal is to have 1000+ high-interest, high-quality books available to students in the classroom library.
  • Students have the opportunity to visit the school library at least once a week (during Daily 5 time or other times of the day).

4.4 Work on Writing materials

  • Notebook(s) for writing journal/reading response journal Writing utensils

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4.5 Word Work materials

  • Tools selected should assist in desired goal of learning and remembering words.
  • Ideas: dry erase board, Magna Doodle, markers, clay, beans, stamps, magnetic letters, etc.
  • Materials stay the same throughout the year.

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4.6 Listen to Reading materials

  • Audiobooks available from public and school library, various apps and websites, teacher/parent recorded reading sessions
  • Listening tools available include computers, ebooks, tablets, MP3 players, and headphones.

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