Now that it is October and much of our baseline data has been collected, it's really time to start digging in and getting to work with our students. One way you'll start to tackle these goals is through guided reading. Here you'll find a quick overview of guided reading followed by links to many helpful documents and resources.
What is Guided Reading?
Guided reading is an instructional practice wherein the teacher works with a small group of students who display similar reading behaviors and can access similarly leveled texts. The text used during this time should be at the students' instructional level. Texts should be chosen that are easy enough for students to access with the support of the teacher, but challenging enough to expand the students' reading ability.
What is the procedure?
What are the other students doing at this time?
The rest of the class can be independently reading and practicing skills and strategies modeled during whole-class mini-lessons or taught during their guided reading sessions. Students can also be working on the goals they've set for their reading. Alternatively, students can be engaged in Daily 5 or CAFE activities. Either way, it should be an independent time where there are no interruptions. You need to be able to completely focus on working with the guided reading group.
Check out these sample reading workshop schedules for more ideas on how to set up your reading block:
On a Related Note...
Lesson Plan Templates - Here are templates for all of the categories of readers you may have in your class including Emergent, Early, Transitional, and Fluent..
Tips For Managing Guided Reading - Check out this document for some easy and useful tips for managing Guided Reading with a large class.
Discussion Prompts - Use this document to develop questions for use during the discussion portion of your guided reading. They are organized by reading strategy (visualization, making connections, etc.).
Bell Bytes - Guided Reading - Check out Jaime Bell's great site for more guided reading resources.
Guided Reading vs. Strategy Groups - This document lists the differences between two types of small groups. Check it out to make sure you are indeed doing Guided Reading and not Strategy Groups.
Dr. Jan Richardson's Resource Page - There is a plethora of resources you can put to use in your guided reading practice on this page. I recommend checking out the Lesson Plan folder and the Schedule folder.
I am an elementary instructional coach for the Sioux Falls School District.