Reading Workshop is a magical time in our classroom! All students are reading on his/her appropriate level from books he/she has chosen. These books are kept in their book baggie. Reading Workshop begins with a mini lesson. This lesson focuses the class on a particular skill or reading behavior. Each Unit of Study has several mini lessons that will help move the readers from one level to the next. Independent reading time is very important! This time helps the students build stamina and fluency. The students understand that reading independently "builds their reading muscles"! Mrs. Kalbacher and I teach Guided Reading groups while the students are engaged in independent reading. Guided reading is done in small groups and focuses the readers on the same book and the same reading skills.