What is YOUR favorite time of the day?
The MAGIC happens at the Guided Reading Table
In a BALANCED LITERACY classroom,
this is the place where “MAGIC” happens!
The “AHA!”..the lightbulb…whatever you want to call it.
Last year I got rid of my
This is my
Guided Reading Table
Then I added stools from IKEA.
My kiddos LOVE IT!
The central area of any Balanced Literacy classroom…the guided reading table!
My next favorite
Brewster Wall Pops
WPE99065 Peel & Stick Calypso Dry-Erase Dots
Dry erase dots!
I put BIG teal dots on my table!
We write on our dry erase dots during guided reading,
My kids write on them!
Using dry erase dots on our guided reading table for word work, comprehension, and vocabulary.
After we read… then
we write questions on them
and then change seats to answer them!
Students are highly engaged during guided reading.
They LOVE it!
Write & WIPE!
I use my
for Guided Reading Resources.
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.
Assessing skills for guided reading groups.
I do one-to-one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do letter, spelling, word family, & phonics assessments.
Turtle and rabbit running FAST!
Make it quick. Not a “story” time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.
Start with your middle groups.
The “BUBBLE” kids.
They will be moving the fastest.
Alternate assessments between your highs & lows.
Your highs probably will make continued growth with “less” support…they came in with strong foundations or they wouldn’t be HIGH!
My low babies. You can’t practice TOO MUCH.
When they become “done”…distracted, unable to focus, etc.
CHANGE IT UP.
Interactive writing, phonics games, reading with “finger pointers”, etc. etc.
Change the game…not the content.
Here is a Sight Word FREEBIE for YOU to get started !
FREE sight word game for guided reading.
1. Assess your students. Check data frequently.
2. Sort students into groups ( 4-6 student per group is perfect!)
3. Reteach skills and Strategies.
4. LET them READ! They need PRACTICE!
So I LOVE the guided reading table.
BUT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, remember…
IT STARTS WITH