First, I looked at the IEP goals for my students. For reading, I obviously decided to work on their LA goals. For Teacher time, I decided to work on direct instruction in math, as well as those goals that don't fit in anywhere else the rest of the day. We have additional rotation areas where they also work on reading and math, but these are more independent tasks that are based on skills they have already learned. With me, the emphasis is on new tasks and skills that are not mastered.
For Language Arts, I have just 2 groups. I had a 3rd, but I moved both of my higher students out to other classrooms since their skills were beginning to approach grade level. I send them with a Para and both are doing well. The lower group is interesting. One of the students is working on letter sounds and answering simple comprehension questions. The other one can read, but is unable to answer any questions about what he has read. Both use a communication device. One is unable to speak although he has utterances. The other one can read, but is otherwise echolalic and has no other speech. Both are non-writers. Even though they have different reading abilities, they are so similar in all of their other needs I decided to put them together. The following are the activities we will do each day for the week.
My other group are readers, currently at level E according to Fountas and Pinnell.
I work with them on short fluency timings ( thanks Autism Tank), as well as comprehension questions, something they all struggle with. I use a variety of games and worksheets. On Tuesdays, we do News-2-you and do the worksheets that accompany this. When we are near a holiday, we will also do some of the cooking activities, etc. On Wednesdays, I work on reading strategies. On Thursday, we work on leveled readers, along with word work and more comprehension questions. On Fridays, we write and edit, etc.
For teacher time I have 3 groups. As I said, my main focus is Math, but I also work with them on other concepts, such as shoe tying, that don't fit anywhere else. This is my higher group. I have some Language Arts in there too, because I wanted data on specific goals since these students are in general ed.
This is my middle group. Math concepts are similar, but they have slightly different goals.
For my lowest group, the emphasis is on very beginning math concepts. Since both of these students are non-writers, I do a lot of fine motor work as well.
Having these in place has really helped me stay focused. It doesn't get boring because the activities get changed out, depending on the season.