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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

Ready for part 3? Keep reading! (Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Click on the links to read them.) In parts one and two of this blog post series, we discussed how to prepare for guided reading, and how to properly facilitate independent reading during guided reading. In this final post, we'll talk about some activities that support guided reading instruction, and how to use what you've learned about your students to plan for future guided reading.  use the last few minutes of your time together to fo 7. ENGAGE IN LETTER OR WORD WORK After your guided reading group...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 2

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 2

(Missed part one? Catch up here!) In part one of this blog post series, we talked about grouping students for guided reading, selecting an appropriate text for each group, and how to properly introduce the text. In this post, we'll get into what to do next, and how to help your students gain as much value as possible from reading the selected text. Let's dive in! 4. OBSERVE AND INTERACT WITH STUDENTS After introducing the text, it's time for your group to start reading. It’s crucial that your students silent read or whisper read during this time. If you are...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 1

  Guided reading is a crucial part of our reading block. It's a time to work with individual students to build their reading comprehension skills and add strategies to their toolbox. (Talk about pressure.)  So how do we do it? I'm going to lay out the exact steps you can take to make the most of your guided reading groups. I will give you the blueprint you need to set up and run your reading groups. There is SO much information out there that I'm going to break it up into three parts.  Reading researchers and guided reading gurus Fountas...

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What Does Effective Guided Reading Look Like?

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What Does Effective Guided Reading Look Like?

Guided reading is a crucial part of our literacy blocks. It's our time as teachers to work individually or in small groups with students to improve their reading skills and comprehension. That sounds nice, but what does that really mean?  Let’s begin by defining what guided reading actually is. Guided reading is a small group instructional model where students move from high teacher support to full control of the reading process. A text is selected specifically to provide just the right amount of challenge and it is possible to address individual student needs in a powerful way. It also allows...

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Story Elements Bookmarks

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Story Elements Bookmarks

Finding new and exciting ways to keep our kids engaged during guided reading can be a challenge. Doing the same things day in and day out can be exhausting and, let's face it, boring. I loved switching things up by using these story elements and genres bookmarks. They are easy to use and the kids loved them! WHAT ARE THEY? Now you might be asking yourself what makes these bookmarks so special. Not only are they print and go (which saves your sanity), they are also a great springboard to get your students to dive back into the text.  There...

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