Kristy (comment #7),
You asked about Making Meaning. We use it as a read-aloud program for grades 1-5 in our district. While it builds on the concepts we are teaching in reading workshop, it is a separate program that we use during read-aloud time each day. In our classroom, reading workshop, writing workshop, word study, and read-aloud make up the 4 components of our balanced literacy program.
Our second grade teachers do guided reading (mixed with strategy groups and conferring) during the IDR component of reading workshop each day. I agree that it is hard to fit it all in! I do not have the expectation that I will meet with every guided reading group each day (or sometimes every week). I look at my students and determine first who needs the most individual instruction. I try to see those students the most often in guided reading groups and strategy groups.
You can check out my daily schedule to see how I (try) to fit it all in:http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/indexschedule.htm
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