Even though I have just started Daily 5 this year, I have been doing centers and guided reading groups for a long time. I use a few different resources, but generally stick to the same format.
I only have time for my reading groups Tuesday through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays we do whole group activities.
I start out the year assessing and working with all my students to figure out how to group them. I have been using Reading A-Z for the past few years and it has been a wonderful resource for me.
I set up a binder which I use to administer running records and find a reading level for each student.
I also keep the comprehension sheets and resources for each of the books that I use to read with certain groups all from this site:)
Once I figure out what level my students are reading at I create different groups which change throughout the year.
This quarter I have just used our Reading series that the school provides.
This is sooo old, but the stories are easy to read for the beginning of the year and I don't have to go looking for new resources. However I do change up the activities for each group depending upon the skills that they need.
My guided reading table has everything I need to work with each group.
I don't have a fancy smancy planner that I use for each group. I keep a general plan of the skills that I need to work on.
I use this simple sheet to plan for my groups.
This is my version of what The Sisters suggest to use for Daily 5. We all meet first and I go over what I would like them to work on during their rotations. I might review a particular activity that some students found difficult or remind them of a certain skill I want them to work on for spelling or writing. Click on the pic to grab this in google docs.
The students go to their spots and I get started with my group.
I really enjoy this small group time. I learn so much about each student and I can assess their strengths and weaknesses very quickly. The students love this time too. We read, but we also do a lot of writing and discussion. My shy ones are willing to share a lot more during this time. We did a sequencing activity recently and my little guy here in the grey shirt left the table saying "That was so fun!" That's what I want to hear them say everyday!
This next quarter I plan to differentiate a bit more. I have copied many different levels of books from the Reading A-Z library.
They are grouped by levels and I have 6 of each copy. I can quickly find a story that I need based on ability or theme. What I also like is that there are lots of Non-Fiction options as well.
I use these readers quite a bit, but also mix it up with multiple book copies that I have collected over the years. As my students progress through the year I try to change my groups to keep them on level but also to challenge some that may need more.
So there you have it my Guided Reading time in a nutshell. Do you do guided reading groups? I'd love to hear about any fantastic things you do during this time.
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