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    the way that I incorporated them was that I took the time to do my whole mini lesson then the kids did 3-4 choices instead of all five. I set up an accountability system so that they didn't just choose to do listening to reading EVERYDAY and never do word work. So my LA block looked like this:

    Whole group phonics exercise
    Whole group RW minilesson
    Teacher and TA pull small groups while students rotate through 3-4 choices.

    This year I plan to have the students make their choices when they first walk in using a pocket chart. Then I plan to set a timer for 15-20 minutes during the rotation time so that when it goes off the kids know to clean up and rotate to their next choice. I just hate to have stop working with my small group if we aren't done yet but I also hate going way over time with one rotation and short changing another.

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