Reading: (25-30 minutes) The district endorses Scott Foresman's Reading Street. After getting to use it for a few months last year, I was not impressed. There were a multitude of reasons, but the bottom line is that I'm not a fan of basals. I want real-life books in my kiddos hands. Whole group reading, in my opinion, is the time to teach kiddos the strategies and concepts, not a time to teach everyone to read the same story. That's memorization in my opinion, not reading. Anywho, I chose to take a more direct approach and teach each concept for 4-5 weeks. Our units will include: Reading Strategies, Literary Elements, Main Idea and Details, Sequencing, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, and Text Features.