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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 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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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

Are you tired of classroom library chaos? I was too. If you're like me you want to manage all the books that come in and out of your classroom library in an easy and efficient manner. You are sick of messy shelves, torn books, and general chaos when looking for or returning a book. I was too. That's why I completely redid my classroom library. When I first started teaching I had two shelves from Walmart that I stacked books on. I separated each shelf into a different genre. That gave me six different genres to work within. I quickly...

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Dr. Seuss Author Study

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Dr. Seuss Author Study

I've always loved the books by Dr. Seuss. They are great for so many things. However, I felt like a lot of the stuff that was out there to teach about him, was too young for my kids. Whenever there was Read Across America Day, I could never really find anything for my third graders. So I decided to make my own. Dr. Seuss can be tricky to teach about when doing an author study. His back story is a little sketchy for elementary. I created a brief history of his life that focused on the more positive aspects of...

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