your hands (and mind) around. For the past
few months, I have been diligently working behind the scenes talking with other
teachers, organizing my own thoughts, and writing and writing and writing. LOL!
releasing tons and tons of materials to support small group reading instruction
like a “Guided Reading Light” pack. When creating this pack, I tried to keep in
mind the many road blocks teachers may encounter during guided reading: time,
organization of materials, lack of resources, and limited copies.
down for you, NOW is the perfect time to start thinking about NEXT year. The
hustle and bustle of a new school year is overwhelming. Begin thinking about how you can organize and
improve your instruction now.
also in instruction.
reading texts. For each book there are
three days of lessons plans. The lesson
plans are short and to the point. The lessons
follow simple guided reading format. For example for Day One:
Introduction of the
Tricky words to
Setting the purpose
for students reading.
read and respond.
Discussion of the
think about how teachers could easily organize the resources so they could
access them easily.
texts and all materials are purposely written to save paper and ink. Most pages
can be cut into fourths. This was done purposely. The materials for each text
fit perfectly in a 4” x 6” photo case. The Iris Photo Boxes from Michaels or
Amazon are a perfect way to store the materials. One case includes 16 photo
creating this set, I did this so one row of the case could contain all the
books included in one level. If the teacher chooses to implement this
organizational system, then only two Iris Photo Boxes can store ALL the
materials in the second grade level (J, K, L, and M).
You don’t have
to use a fancy box to organize them! You can organize the materials anyway you chose. You can simply put
each set in a sandwich sized zip-lock bag! For easy storage, you can use any
Dollar Store plastic boxes to hold all the zip lock bags for each level!
exactly what you need at your fingertips if you need MORE RESOURCES.
nonfiction guided reading books. When added together, there are a total of 24
instructional days of materials in the pack.
According to the guided reading
expert Dr. Jan Richardson, the average student at these levels will gain about
one level a month. This pack may be just
the right amount of materials for some of your students!
organizers are provided for students to complete. Every fiction text includes a beginning,
middle, and end graphic organizer. Nonfiction
texts require students to summarize what the text is about and identify two
newly learned facts. Additional graphic organizers will depend on the mail focus of
precious COPY COUNTS!
previous commodity in schools. I wrote
these books so that they will use two sheets of paper. The books will be cut
down to be ¼ of a page, as will the lessons and all graphic organizers.
the students to respond to. Students can write in the actual books OR teachers
can ask students to respond on white boards or paper and reuse the books from
year to year.
use in your classroom? Are you still not sure?
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