Guided Reading

***NEW as of May 7, 2005 ****

      Alright.  It is reflection time about what worked and what did not work. I did a lot of flip flopping this year about my philosophy and now it is time to figure out what worked and what didn't.  I have changed many things since I originally posted this site.

If you want to see what I have changed click here.

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          I have always tried to use Guided Reading in my classroom and have implemented it many different ways.  I have not yet found a method that I really like.  This year I am once again trying another method and organization of my Guided Reading Groups.  Click on the links below.

Monthly and Weekly Schedule

What Are the Other Kids Doing?

Guided Reading Group Lesson Planning

Weekly Overview Planning

Reading Strategies That Teach

What Does the Teacher Need for Guided Reading Lessons?

Mini Lesson Ideas

Tips for Teaching Reading

Alright.  It is reflection time about what worked and what did not work. I did a lot of flip flopping this year about my philosophy and now it is time to figure out what worked and what didn't.  I have changed many things since I originally posted this site.

Schedule

          I am mixing whole group and small group this year.  Last year I used the Basal to keep myself from going crazy!  Planning four to eight Guided Reading groups (remember I team teach and have two reading classes) can be very overwhelming.  I would use the whole group as a "mental break."  However, this year I will be using it more often, but with a different reason.  There has been a huge push in my county for truth in grading.  According to this only the way above grade level kids get A's.  If a student is half a year to a year below grade level they can not make higher than a D.  A student one year or more below grade level  must make a U.   Whole group will help to balance my grades so a student below grade level does not average out to have a B.  It happens.  I have done it.  Especially when you take grades in guided reading groups at the students reading level.

Monthly Reading Schedule

Week Reading Activity
Week One Whole Group/ Basal Reading
Week Two Guided Reading
Week Three Guided Reading
Week Four Guided Reading

Guided Reading Groups Weekly Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Groups Low

High

Low

Medium 1

Low

Medium 2

Medium 1

Medium 2

High

Catch Up Day

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What are the other kids doing?

         This is a constant battle.  I have tried to do centers that are all literature based.  However, I read a book called The Reading Essentials by Regie Routman. This book really changed my view of reading and centers.  According to the book, while centers help improve skills, students need to opportunity to READ and apply all the strategies we are teaching them.  Click here to read more about this book. As more and more students are entering upper grades with limited reading success, we have to provide more opportunities to read.  Unfortunately, students do not read as often, or as "richly" as we would like at home.  After digesting this book I really thought about what I want children to walk away with most from my class.  I want children to walk out of my class with a love for books and reading.  If I achieve this, then I am happy.  So after this long drawn out paragraph.  Here is where I get into the good stuff: what ARE those other kids doing while I am meeting in small groups?

 

Monday:

Low Group:  We will meet first.  When we finish I will leave them with some kind of skill task or rereading activity.

Medium 1: I will not be meeting with my medium 1 and medium 2 group.  I will send my medium 1 group to the library.  They can look for books, take AR tests or read magazines.  However, FIRST they must meet with the librarian and she will have a mini-lesson on a new genre or series to get the kids hooked. 

Medium group 2: They will spend the rest of the reading time DEAR reading or working in their Writer's Notebooks.

High Group:  DEAR Time Reading until we meet.

 

Tuesday

Low Group:  We will meet first.  When we finish I will leave them with some kind of skill task or rereading activity.

Medium 1: DEAR Time Reading until we meet. 

Medium group 2: I will send my medium 2 group to the library.  They can look for books, take AR tests or read magazines.  However, FIRST they must meet with the librarian and she will have a mini-lesson on a new genre or series to get the kids hooked. 

High Group:  They can DEAR read or write in their writer's notebooks.

Wednesday

Low Group:  We will meet first.  When we finish I will leave them with some kind of skill task or rereading activity.

Medium 1: We will not meet today.  Students will complete some kind of skills or rereading activity from the day before.  Then students can DEAR time read or write in their writer's notebooks. 

Medium group 2: DEAR Time Reading until we meet.

High Group:  I will send my high group to the library.  They can look for books, take AR tests or read magazines.  However, FIRST they must meet with the librarian and she will have a mini-lesson on a new genre or series to get the kids hooked. 

Thursday

Low Group:  I will send my low group to the library.  They can look for books, take AR tests or read magazines.  However, FIRST they must meet with the librarian and she will have a mini-lesson on a new genre or series to get the kids hooked. 

Medium 1:  We will meet first.  When we finish I will leave them with some kind of skill task or rereading activity.

Medium group 2: DEAR Time Reading until we meet.

High Group:  They can DEAR read or write in their writer's notebooks.

Friday

Catch up day.  We will first go to the library to check out books as a whole class.

I will meet with my high group ASAP to discuss the contract they have worked on. The rest of the class will DEAR time read the new books they checked out.

After this we will check homework or complete some kind of working with words activity, or a reading workshop mini-lesson.  My ideas are endless here!

 

This picture illustrates how students know what they need to be doing during Guided Reading.  I used Word Art and Clip art to create a picture for each group.  Then I mounted the pictures on construction paper and laminated them.  The last step was the put magnetic strips on the back.  I put the pictures on my white board (which is magnetic)  and write daily what each group will be doing.  I simple erase it and rewrite for the next day.  Very simple when I need to give a few different directions.

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Planning

          This is the tricky part.  Somehow I have to plan for several different groups.  However, the teacher must have the details planned as well as the "big picture." I have two different planning pages to help keep me organized.  One page is what the class is doing at any given time while I am in groups.  The other lesson plan is for what I am doing in each small group.

          Also, when I meet with groups I try to think of ONE main skill I would like to cover with all my students.  For example, the main goal of my last set of reading groups was to review how to retell a story, or the parts of the story.  This is not the ONLY thing I covered in groups.  I also may have covered predictions or homophones or whatever the book lent itself to.  Having one goal while working with groups is easier for me to "keep straight" in my mind.   I found this book by Scholastic is a big help.  It is a book of graphic organizers that have been adapted for differentiated learning.  For example, in my next reading groups we are all going to work on finding the main idea.  I am using a graphic organizer from this Scholastic resource.  Click here to see the book on Amazon.

Small Group Plans

Class Plans

Example of Small Group Plan

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