Launching Reading Workshop in the Upper Elementary Classroom Minilessons

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This bundle of 5 minilessons includes everything that you need to successfully launch Reading Workshop in your Upper Elementary classroom. These lessons are perfect for back to school, especially for the first week of school. Whether you are going back to school in person or virtually, this resource has you covered! These minilessons will help with your classroom management and organization all year long by setting students up for success during that first week of school. 

Mini Lesson Topics:

  • Turn & Talk
  • How Reading Workshop Tends to Go
  • Reading Identities
  • Choosing Just Right Books
  • Taking Care of our Materials

What is Included?

Each mini lesson includes:

  • A full minilesson plan including: Connection, Teaching, Active Engagement, Link, Independent Practice and Share. (Note: lesson 1 doesn’t include independent practice because there is rarely time for a full reading workshop on the first day of school.)
  • Suggestions for Virtual Learning and Socially Distanced Learning
  • Print and Digital Versions of all Anchor Charts and Activities

Note: Most of the anchor charts and activities that are included in this unit are not editable due to the terms of use of the clip art. 

Mini Lessons 1-5 include Google Slides Anchor Charts or Activities. You must have a Google Account in order to access them.

Mini Lesson 5 includes some fun BOOM Cards. 

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Mini Lesson 1:

  • lesson plan
  • ideas for modifying for virtual and socially distanced learning
  • turn & talk anchor chart (print and digital)
  • partner cards - antonyms

Mini Lesson 2:

  • lesson plan
  • ideas for modifying for virtual and socially distanced learning
  • how reading workshop tends to go anchor chart (print and digital)
  • expected and unexpected behaviours during reading workshop charts (print and digital)
  • stamina tracking document (print and digital)

Mini Lesson 3:

  • lesson plan
  • ideas for modifying for virtual and socially distanced learning
  • reading likes activity (print and digital)

Mini Lesson 4:

  • lesson plan
  • ideas for modifying for virtual and socially distanced learning
  • choosing just right books anchor charts (print and digital)
  • just right books bookmarks
  • conferring cheat sheet - get to know students as readers

Mini Lesson 5:

  • lesson plan
  • ideas for modifying for virtual and socially distanced learning
  • caring for our books anchor chart (print and digital)
  • Reading Workshop materials anchor chart (print and digital)
  • Taking Care of Books BOOM Cards
Total Pages
47 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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