120 Minute Literacy Block Schedule

The sample 120-minute literacy block schedules below are designed to help teachers, literacy coaches, and school leaders plan for effective literacy block time management. The two literacy block schedules below are for Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5. If you’d like to see a full set of literacy block schedules, you can download them here.

The schedules below are organized by a 2-hour time block. There is an instructional purpose for each block of time. Sample literacy activities are provided.

Grades 2-3 Schedule Sample

In grades 2-3, a significant portion of the Intervention & Practice block is devoted to flexible grouping. The purpose here is to close gaps in foundational literacy skills such as phonology and morphology to ensure students can read basic texts with fluency and meaning.

TimePurposeActivities
8:00-8:25 Learn To Read
Word Work
Vocabulary
5 Minutes: Spiral WarmUps
10 Minutes: Phonics, Decoding, Morphology, Patterns
10 Minutes: Vocabulary Routine
8:25-9:20 Read to Learn
Comprehension
Writing
20 Minutes: Comprehension Mini-Lessons
30 Minutes: Writing Process and Mini-Lessons
9:20-10:00 Intervention & Practice 40 Minutes of Literacy Practice & Small Groups
– Flexible Differentiation Groups Based on Student Needs
– Additional Instruction
– Support for Accelerated Instruction
– Peer Groups
– Independent Reading & Writing
– Computer Programs

Phonology includes:

Phonics: an approach to teaching reading and spelling that stresses sound-symbol relationships, especially in beginning reading instruction (see why is word study important).

Phonological awareness: an understanding that words are made up of individual speech sounds. PA instruction does not include visuals. It is an auditory skill. It can be done in the dark.

Sound-symbol correspondence: the way sounds (phonemes) and symbols (letters, graphemes) form words (see phoneme-grapheme mapping).

120-Minute Literacy Block for Grades 4-5

The time allotment is adjusted for upper elementary students to account for more focus on advanced word study, comprehension practice, and independent practice.

Advanced Word Study: includes instruction of multi-syllable words and morphology to help students see patterns in words that help provide a link between reading and writing.

TimePurposeActivities
8:00-8:25 Learn To Read
Word Work
Vocabulary
5 Minutes: Spiral WarmUps
5 Minutes: Morphology, Orthography
15 Minutes: Vocabulary Routine
8:25-9:30 Read to Learn
Comprehension
Writing
30 Minutes: Comprehension Mini-Lessons
– Comprehension Spiral Review
Comprehension Strategies
– Genre Studies
– Academic Texts
35 Minutes: Writing Process and Mini-Lessons
9:30-10:00 Intervention & Practice 30 Minutes of Literacy Practice & Small Groups
Guided Reading and Small Groups
– Additional Instruction
– Support for Accelerated Instruction
– Peer Groups
– Independent Reading & Writing
– Computer Programs

If you found these literacy block schedules to be helpful, consider downloading our 7 sample literacy block schedules. They are free to download and use.


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