For the next few weeks, I am pushing a few things in my guided reading groups. I currently am meeting with 6 different groups of students and their needs vary greatly. To try to explain what we have been doing, I’m going to call my groups by numbers. I do NOT use numbers in my classroom. My groups are constantly changing so I just call the names of my students or the book/activity that they are doing daily. This helps prevent the feelings of high, medium, and low in the classroom. I want all of my students to feel successful no matter what they are working on, and that is why I do not use numbers in my classroom.
For this post’s purpose here is what my groups are working on:
Group 1: reading with accuracy
Group 2: reading with fluency
Group 3: reading with a good rate
Group 4: reading for meaning
Group 5: going back into our text to find specific answers
Group 6: comprehension
All of my guided reading groups always start with some form of a game to help warm up my student’s brains. Currently the games that we are playing are from my Guided Reading Spring Edition Pack. My students are LOVING these games and getting so much out of them.
Special Sound Bingo is a HUGE hit right now and it is helping us get better at our accuracy.
They are also loving “match the picture.” This game helps warm up their brains for reading with meaning. In this game, my students have to match sentences to the correct picture.
I have my students take turns being the reader and the matcher for this game.
After a quick game, we dive into whatever we are working on. For groups 1-3 we are using my Spring Readers. I have them placed in garden bags that house all the tools my students need.
Each bag has a few things: the book that the group is working on, a fluency check list, dry erase markers, whispy phones, and comprehension stars. When my students are with me, we work through these books on the concepts that we are focusing on. However, my students are also working through these books during our Daily 5 time. During Daily 5, they can take the garden basket, their fluency check list, and work on filling up their boxes.
My students know that the way we get to be better readers is by practicing reading. Therefore, they are reading these readers multiple times to get better at accuracy, rate, and fluency. Every time they read their book, they get to check off a check point on their fluency list.
My students are obsessed with getting to check off their check list. I taught them how to do fluency checks with their friends and they are loving listening to their friends read the stories and checking off how many words they read correctly. When they have finished checking off their words, they ask their friend the question on their comprehension star.
Once they have checked off all their boxes, I give my students the comprehension quiz that goes along with each of my readers. If they get all the questions correct, they get to add a color to their rainbow.
Each student has a cloud hanging up in our classroom and they are trying to earn all the colors of the rainbow. Once they complete their rainbow, they will “level up” to getting the pieces of a flower. My students can also get rainbow colors by passing an AR quiz.
For groups 4-6 we are working on different concepts. These readers are working on digging deeper into their texts and finding meaning and facts in their books and passages. To help these readers, I created a nonfiction resource that they are LOVING. This resource is called “Inquiring Minds Want To Know.”
For this resource, I wrote magazine articles and passages that my students expressed interest in. I then printed them out and made 4 identical binders for these students.
My students love the real pictures and the texts that are providing them with a challenge, while teaching them very interesting things.
The topics that we are currently learning about are are: deserts
the Amazon River,
Before my students read these articles, they record some facts that they already know about the topic they are about to read about. They also write down three things that they wonder about the topic. This helps get them focused and ready to learn.
Then, as they are reading, they jot down facts that they are learning.
After they have read the article, they love taking the quiz! We are using the skill go back and reread to find the answers!
My students are seriously making such leaps in their reading and I could not be prouder of them!
If you would like a FREE copy of the fluency check list, you can grab it by clicking on the picture below!
To grab my Guided Reading Pack for Spring you can grab it by clicking on the cover.
(perfect for students between an E-I)
If you would like the “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” pack (geared for readers between an H-L) you can grab it by clicking on the cover below!
I hope this blog post was helpful!