Do you do guided reading in your classroom? I really love my guided reading time every day. This year I am looking for ways to expand and improve.
I am going to have three or four groups. I enjoy this small group time so much with my students. If I could I would have five or six groups, but there just isn't enough time for that.
How do you structure this group time? What do your kids do when they get to your table? Do you use different books every day? These are the questions I need to answer for this coming year.
Each group gets about twenty minutes. I want my students to come to my table and start reading immediately. So I need to have small books ready for each group that correspond with their levels. Then we will work on strategies. Last year I don't think I used enough books. I focused on one book for too long. This year I want to really watch that.
My principal requires that we keep Guided Reading Logs to document what we work on with each student. Here is the form I made. It really works for me.
Guided Reading Log
This year I am going to really focus on higher level questioning. So I have made some things to help me with that. I thought I would share them.
I am going to keep this in view during guided reading so I can refer to it. Hopefully I will get to the point where I just ask questions from the stems automatically.
I have made these tic tac toe boards and I am not sure how I am going to use them. My thoughts right now center around them seeing how many points they can get. I will require they do at least 3 activities but encourage them to do more to get more points. Still now sure where they will fit in. Any ideas?
The last thing I want to share is a poster I made for our new DRA levels. I am thinking about relabeling my library and that is going to be a major job. We will see. I can't get into my room until August, so I am not sure if I want to take on that job yet. We are moving from Rigby levels to DRA and it is going to be a big change.
DRA Reading Levels Poster