Great questions...here you go:
1. I purchased all of my books. I have not used any school money because I want it to go where I go. Currently, I am on a strict financial budget so we now rely on the library literally a few yards away from us for new titles.
For starting off, I would recommend looking at either Beth's or my book labels. What kind of books are you low on? Most are short on nonfiction topics. Based on that, hit your local discount book store. We have McKays which is lovely! 95% of my books came from this bookstore.
2. Yes, I taught 5th grade with the same time limit but was in charge of Writer's Workshop.
10-15 minutes for a mini-lesson
35-40 minutes- independent reading while you conference or complete guided reading groups (could alternate every other week)
5-10 minutes- share time
3. Look at my latest podcast blog. I highly recommend this route for students that need a little more time. I do feel like using the workshop approach helps tutor students one-on-one because you are addressing their specific needs and strengths.
I hope this helps!!!
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