As promised, I am here sharing my Reading Overview for the year! I've probably said this a million times before, but I still get asked this question a lot...
I do NOT use a reading series (or any textbook for that matter) AT ALL.
It's not that I'm 100% against it, and if I had to use it I would make it work, BUT there are several reasons why I don't use the basal series... I teach in the Dual Language program and my Spanish teaching partner uses it for Spanish Language Arts. If I used it then my kids would be getting the same story twice a day (just translated). So, she uses it since her Spanish resources are so limited. Also, I want my kids to fall in love with reading... to get wrapped up in a good series, to find new authors, to connect with characters so I try to find books that will do just that!
My district provides a scope and sequence that tells us WHEN to teach each standard (but not HOW to teach it or what books to use although they do provide suggestions and resources to help!). I love that about my school because I have freedom to teach the way I want to and I get to change things up year to year!
I am very blessed to work at a school that has bought several classroom sets of chapter books and novels over the past few years. So, our grade level has built up quite the library to help us teach each week! When you see a chapter book on my plan that more than likely means my students will be holding a copy of the book in their hands! Author studies or nonfiction units are usually done as read-alouds (sometimes I do have enough books to where I can divide my students into groups or partners to do the reading). I do check out Scholastic Book Clubs quite often so I can grab class sets of chapter books when they are $1 a piece. I got several sets at the end of last year and I'm so excited to dig into a few new books this year!
When you click on my plans I have linked any and everything that I possibly could to..
1. Show you the books on Amazon so you'll know the exact book I'm talking about
2. Blog posts that show how I've taught these units in the past
3. Units that have worked well in my classroom that I purchased from other teachers on TpT
4. My resources
You'll also see some of the different skills I want to hit while teaching those different author, book, or character studies. Of course, I'm sure I left some out, and we will cover a lot more in the year, BUT I wanted to have a starting point!