Guided Reading Part 2: Let’s Get Reading! (Almost!)
27 May 2013 - 5 min Read
Welcome back to the second part of our guided reading series. This week we are discussing how to structure a guided reading session. Ok, so you've assessed each student and worked out what their instructional reading level is. In doing the running records you also would have gained an insight into where your students strengths and weaknesses lie. For example do they monitor their reading and correct when appropriate? How do they work out unknown words - by looking at the first letter only? By chunking them into parts? Your students weaknesses become your teaching point/focus for each guided reading group. Early level readers (generally levels 1-4) really need to focus on tracking the print, matching each spoken word with 1 written word. The reading strategy 'tracking' fits perfectly with this teaching point. For students who need to learn new ways of decoding unknown words reading strategies such as 'skipping' and 'chunking' are perfect. Once you have selected a strategy for each group you may like to use our reading strategy cards. These are perfect for explaining the strategy to the students, modelling how to use the strategy and are also a great addition to your home reading program!
File 6067 Reading Strategy Cards
  We have a few different planning formats available on the website. Some of them allow you to plan for multiple groups on the same page, while other formats feature 1 group per page. The best way to work out what suits your teaching/planning style is to give them a run and see how you go. Once you have tried them out we would love to hear from you what worked and why!
File 6068   Literacy Block Planner. This format allows you to plan your whole literacy block (guided reading, spelling, phonics, writing, the works!) for the whole week on 1 page. Pros: Easy to fill in and minimal paper to keep on top off. Cons: Less space to write your actual guided reading plan into. Probably not the best choice for people new to the guided reading process.
 File 6069 Guided Reading and Rotations Plan This planning format allows you to plan for all of your reading groups on one page, while also incorporating the literacy block rotation activities. Pros: All groups planned for on 1 page, including the rotations Cons: No space for student observations.
  File 6070   Guided Reading Daily Plan. This is our most comprehensive guided reading plan. It allows you to really break down your planning into the key elements of strategy, pre-reading and post reading. We recommend this format for anyone new to the process. Pros: Breaks the session down into bite size pieces. Cons: No space for rotation activities to be included.
This is turning out to be a much longer post than I originally planned so Im splitting it up. Far to many words for late night reading! Something to think about before we move on to the actual guided reading session... What do you think guided reading looks like? Do you do "round robin" reading instead of guided reading? Are you aware of the difference? Let us know on our Facebook page. I will try to incorporate your questions and responses into the next post. Until then, Remember keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan! Top Teacher xx

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