Launch the Reading Block

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Launch the Reading Block

by Kristi McCullough 

Starting up the reading block can be overwhelming. Author and Smekens Consultant Kristi McCullough draws from her training as a Reading Recovery® teacher and Literacy Coordinator to open this resource with a big-picture vision of practical practices to support students mastering literacy skills. She demonstrates how whole-class mini-lessons, small-group instruction, and literacy stations ultimately work together to promote success. She describes the importance of foundational lessons to establish routines, outline expectations, and build stamina at the beginning of the school year.

A 30-day calendar is included, outlining a day-by-day schedule of mini-lessons needed to achieve this during the first six weeks. It includes lessons suggestions for reading mini-lessons, routines & procedures, first literacy stations, managing assessments, and first meetings with small groups.

Launch the Reading Block is a great resource for those looking for specific lesson direction for the management of an effective reading block.

For Grades K-5

The physical copy is a 12-page staple-bound full-color guide printed on durable card stock

The digital copy is a 12-page downloadable PDF (Acrobat) Document File (Product Note: A download link will be sent via email after purchase. No physical products will be shipped.)


Watch this video where Smekens Education Remote Coach Bridget Longmeier explains how to use this resource in your classroom.


Teachers are encouraged to make classroom sets of digital downloads. However, please refrain from sharing the download beyond your classroom.

Launch the Reading Block Digital Edition by Smekens Education Solutions, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

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