Balanced Literacy Resource Binder. ALL of YOUR Guided Reading resources in ONE BINDER
The components of Balanced Literacy.
I use it
to assess kids reading levels,
to group them with like skills,
and to teach them AT THEIR LEVEL.
Guided Reading 101
Now a couple of things I have learned “on the way”…
Teaching reading strategies is vital to a Balanced Literacy reading program.
1. Guided Reading is NOT independent reading time!
They read to themselves (READ TO SELF) at a different time of the day.. we do it after lunch.
2. Guided Reading is NOT a time for a LONG teacher LESSON!
I only have them for 15-20 min.
Always give them a skill or strategy they can use NOW!
Your goal is to create INDEPENDENT READERS… do not enable them to wait for YOU to do the reading.
3. You DO NOT have to read a BOOK every day!
This is not the time for HOW MANY BOOKS have you read?
My lowest reading group needs PHONEMIC AWARENESS. If you don’t know your letter sounds…it’s really HARD to read.
My “bubble” kids ( those that have some skills, but need support and practice to move over the “BUBBLE” into INDEPENDENT READERS) need phonics support to be able to solve reading problems, independently!
So Guided reading should be called
Meet them at their level.
Give them a “take away” that they can use TODAY.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.
Assessment drives the guided reading groups.
Teacher “HOW TO” pages for guided reading assessment.
and you take a nap and you Wake up and you’re twenty-five and
your high school sweetheart
becomes your wife
Don’t blink You just might miss your babies growing like mine did Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half” Of fifty years is there in bed And you’re praying God takes you instead Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think So don’t blink…
Well….. I BLINKED!
I am still taking down Christmas Decor
and it’s almost MARCH!
Wait! Slow down! I AM NOT READY!
So…I am slowing things down in my classroom.
We are almost done with the third quarter
of first grade.
We have “phonemic awarenessed” ourselves daily.
We practice word families.
We have learned more grammar rules than I ever dreamed.
We write 1,2,3,4,5 times a day.
We read every half hour.
We know more math than our parents.
We know about Presidents, animals, weather conditions,
We know HOW TO, Who, What, When, Where, & Why
(Well…some most of us do)
We have TESTED & RETESTED…
And now…we are SSSlowing things down!
Time to take a breath & practice
using ALL of this new first grade information!
My kiddos have come a LONG way.
Very proud of them!
As we finish the next 3 months..
It will be gone before you know it!
PS…Is it SPRING BREAK yet?
Thanks for hanging in there all the way to HERE!!!