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A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Recurring Lesson|
|Estimated Time||One 30-minute session daily|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- A collection of books appropriate for the students' interests and reading levels
- Timer, or some method to indicate the beginning and end of the DEAR period
- Chart or handouts of Literature Log format and prompting questions
- Sign-up system for students requesting book talks with an adult volunteer (PALs)
- Handout and sign-up system for adults working as PALs
- Mail center, where each student receives mail from others
- General classroom supplies (paper, pens, and so forth)
- Gather books, handouts, and other materials.
- Customize an appropriate handout of prompts for Literature Logs to fit the needs of your students, using the examples in Websites section.
- Review both How Can You Help? Your First Days as a Volunteer and Positive Parent Involvement prior to meeting with parents and program volunteers.
- Explain the program to family adults and other volunteers, and line up PALs to work with students individually.
- Work through the entire process as a group before proceeding to individual work. Hold a book conference with a student in front of the class so that students are prepared for their own conferences. You might do a short read-aloud book that all students respond to in their literature logs, hold an example conference on that book, and then invite a volunteer to hold a Book Chat in front of the class before students begin working on their own.