Read-to Self time in the classroom. This is when students read "good fit" books they have chosen, books we have read together in guided reading, decodable books returned for homework, and we just added our first textbook reader that we finished to their box. They are allowed to choose where they want to read around the room. We talked about making good choices and not distracting others that are practicing their reading. We have increased our reading stamina time to 30 minutes. This is such an important part of our day. They are immersed in literature they have chosen and that they can read. In first grade there are 3 ways to read a book...
1) Read the pictures.
2) Read the words.
3) Retell a story you have heard before with the book.