Guided Reading Part 3 ~ Making it work

Guided Reading Part 3 ~ Making it work
23 June 2013

So how do you make it all work you may be wondering? There is no way my class could work independently. Well believe us - yes they can! If your students aren't used to working in rotations, then you may like to start with just rotational activities (see our next post for the activity ideas), and then once they are in the routine of working in rotations you can introduce guided reading.

The single most important factor in determining the success of your rotations is your management of the rotations. How will you let the students know where they need to be, what they need to do and how they need to do it? Here are some of the ways we manage our class during rotations...

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For this rotations poster we use a standard pocket chart with our literacy activity cards. We like the way that the activities can be easily swapped around. It is also easy to swap the group members around, this allows you to adapt your groups to suit your students needs and reading progress. Members can download their set of literacy activity cards by clicking on the link or by clicking {here}

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We all know that most kiddos will do anything for a reward! That is why we like using these group reward posters during our rotations. We have 6 different posters for you to choose from. You may like to choose your favourite, or alternatively if you teach themes you can choose the a poster to match. The reward posters available include: under the sea (hooked on reading), space (rocketing into reading), dinosaurs (grrrreat reading), jungles (king of the jungle), fairytales (once upon a good book) and community helpers (getting the job done). On each poster you can decide the number of points each group needs to earn before gaining a reward. When starting rotations we like to give the groups the opportunity to earn a point after each rotation, this helps to reinforce the kinds of behaviours we expect during rotations. It also provides us with a chance to redirect unwanted behaviour e.g. "Firemen, during rotations you need to remember to stay in your area and put your hands on your heads when the bell rings. In the next activity I want to see everyone staying seated so that I can give your group a point." As your students become used to rotations you can move to awarding points at the end of all rotations.

Download your reward charts {here}

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Within each group we also like to appoint 1 leader or hero. This is a rotating responsibility that all students get a chance to have. The heros responsibilities include; making sure all group members move to the next activity, encouraging group members to stay on task and collecting and returning materials. The most important element of being the hero is to report at the end of rotations. Within the report the hero shares what their group did during rotations, how they behaved and if they think their group earned a point. This is a great way to practise oral language skills without resorting to the standard news format.

Download your hero badges {here}

 Hope that has helped encourage you to start rotations in your class, or given you some new ideas if you already do rotations.

In our next guided reading post will share some activity ideas for your other groups to do whilst you are reading with 1 group at a time.

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 Remember keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan!

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