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Guided Reading

Do you know this book?

I had two guests posts about Guided Reading last week.  First, I posted on the Tchr 2 Tchr page on using beanie babies to teach decoding strategies.  Then, on Saturday on Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business, I shared charts to help you organize your Guided Reading groups.

I thought I should explain to you about my thoughts on Guided Reading.  First and foremost, tons of people call their reading Guided Reading.  However, when I speak those terms I refer ONLY to the Guided Reading as described by the experts Fountas & Pinnell.  The focus of their groups is on strategies and strategy usage.  Some essentials:

  • Students are grouped based on ability, but these groups are fluid.  Students change groups as needed and aren't just stuck in the same group.
  • Minilessons focus on strategy usage and point out a few key features of the text to help students be successful.
  • Students read independently using the strategies that have been taught.  The teacher monitors the students and helps when needed, but that help is again focused on strategies of some kind.
  • After reading, students discuss the strategies they used to reinforce their learning.
I also do an additional after reading activity with the groups that extends the time a bit.  This might be a word work activity.  It may focus on the comprehension.  I identify what I'd like to focus on based on that book, and what we are working on in class at that time.  

If you aren't familiar with Guided Reading and you are doing leveled reading groups with your students, I'd highly recommend checking it out.  You can buy a copy from Amazon by clicking on the image above.

Let me know if you have any questions about how I do Guided Reading.  I'd love to hear some input from all of you!

11 comments:

  1. I just finish reading this book. I am doing my Masters project on guided reading so any information will be helpful for me. I purchased Guided Reading with a Pizazz from Lesson Plan SOS and they have great information/resources for teachers who are implementing guided reading groups in their classroom.

    missnguyensclass.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks for the resource! I haven't seen that unit yet. I'll have to check it out!

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    2. The Next Step in Guided Reading is awesome for guided reading too.

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    3. Do you know who wrote that? I haven't heard of it.

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    4. Jan Richardson wrote The Next Step in Guided Reading. My county here in NOVA uses it religiously!

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  2. I purchased this book a few months back, but haven't yet begin reading it. It is definitely on my To Do list. Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts on the book.

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    1. To cut down on time, I'd definitely start with the chapters on Guided Reading and then head back to some of the others!

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  3. This is my go to book for guided reading as well as their Guiding Readers and Writers book! Love it!

    I'm your newest follower!
    Wendy
    http://1happyteacher.blogspot.com

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    1. I love that one too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love this book and have used some of the strategies for years. Definitely one of my go to books each summer.

    Sorry, Wendy! Now I'm the newest follower!!! :)

    Lynn
    http://insidethisbookblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for following me now! :)

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