Monday, July 25, 2016

The Next Step in Guided Reading: Chapter 7

We've made it friends! The end is near! Don't get too sad, I am in planning on working on some facebook live videos to discuss different components of Guided Reading! I would love for you to list any questions or things you would like to see in the comments!



In this post, we are going to discuss struggling readers. We all have them, and while you are drowning in RTI documents, don't forget that you can do some of that in your guided reading time!

Richardson uses four steps to determine the issue of a struggling student. I know having a colleague coming to observe seems impossible at times, but even a counselor or coach could be a huge help to identify issues.

In the text,  Richardson gives you a problem solving chart for each type of reader! I would paraphrase, but it is just worth it to buy the book for that! With this chart, you can develop a plan for RTI or an intervention plan for your students. Before you can come up with a plan, you have to analyze what the student is struggling with.

Analyzing Problem Areas for Emergent Readers


Analyzing Problem Areas for Early Readers


I created this sheet to use when working on the two week problem solving areas for my students. I will use this in my Guided Reading Binder. It is simple, easy, and gives tons of space for notes. You can click on the picture to grab it FREE or get it here!


Mandy will be finishing up the rest of the chapter for Transitional Readers! Click on the chapters below to visit the other blog posts!





Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Next Step in Guided Reading: Chapter 4

Hello Friends! I can't believe we are already on Chapter Four! I hope you are learning a lot, I know I am. I am finding that some of these Pre-A and Emergent ideas would be great for my second grade struggling readers next year. After today, Mandy will be doing chapter 5 and 6! I will also be going live tonight at 8 est. on my Facebook page!


The Early Guided readers are usually first graders on levels D-I. Richardson also suggests that these students should be able to read and write 20-30 sight words. This is the part where you will see so many students grow in their reading abilities! I taught first grade for nine years and this was my favorite part!

Preparing for Early Guided Reading Lessons

Each lesson should last about 20 minutes. Before guided reading can happen in your classroom, students should be able to work independently for 60 minutes. I wrote about different centers that you can  use or independent time in the introduction!  Richardson also suggest that you understand the assessment really well before you begin.

Assessing Early Readers
Richardson provides a template for as assessment. I always find that creating one for myself helps me understand easier. Included in the assessment should be fluency, decoding, cues, retell, and monitors for meaning. This freebie from Mrs. Pirate Teacher on TPT is a good starting point. 

                                      Guided Reading Notebook Forms

Materials for Early Guided Reading Lessons
Richardson provides several high frequency word charts in the book. They are fabulous and easy to read! 

Selecting the Text

                           Guided Reading Quick-Guide

Two Day Plan- Early Guided Reading Lesson
The Emergent Guided Reading Lesson consists of two days. There is a very detailed example in the book. Below I have provided you with the basics.
Day One

Day Two

Before you begin, giving an interest survey would be a great idea to see where your students are in the reading process. I was browsing TPT and found this one from Emily Hutchison and it is great!

Guided Reading Interest Inventory Survey

Below are some Freebies that you can download. Click here or on the picture and download the image. When you click on the pictures on the slide, it will direct you to the freebie on TPT.






Monday, July 4, 2016

The Next Step in Guided Reading: Chapter 3 Part Two

Hey Hey friends! How is the reading going? It has been a crazy time here, but I am ready to finish Chapter Three! I hope you are all having a fabulous fourth of July weekend!



The Emergent section of Chapter three takes you on a step by step lesson of how to complete the day to day plans. It is an amazing resource to have the book.  (This is an honest opinion, not a paid one!)
She includes templates for:
Assessment Summary and checklist
High Frequency Word Chart
Sound Boxes
Guided Reading Lesson Plan
Rubric for Guided Reading Lesson

Emergent students can range from kindergarten students and up. These students have passed the Pre-A section and know upper and lower case letters, and understand sounds.

The Emergent Guided Reading Lesson consists of two days. There is a very detailed example in the book. Below I have provided you with the basics. I also found a lot of guided reading lesson plan templates on TPT. I personally think taking the time to create your own with your guidelines will help you in the long run!



Sight Word Review
Students write three high frequency words you have previously taught them. These are great ideas from Blue Mango LLC.

                                  How to Teach Sight Words Creatively

Book Introduction
The teacher will introduce the new text and discuss new vocabulary. A simple picture walk will do. This is a really cute anchor chart that you could make with students to understand the concept.

                               

Teach One Sight Word 
Teach one sight word during every lesson. (Day 1 and 2) I am OBSESSED with this blog post from One Sharp Bunch! She has great ideas! There is also a freebie!

                https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CVC-Sliders-Phoneme-Segmentation-1812478


Word Study 
This is where you will complete one activity. (Day 1)  Picture sorts, making words, and sound boxes are all activities that you can do during this time.  This is a cute idea as well! You can find it on this blog post here.

                         

Guided Writing 
Students will write a sentence you dictate. (Day 2)  Depending on the level of the student,  the amount of word sin the sentence increase. Level A would be 3-5 words, Level B would have 5-7 words, and Level C would have 7-10 words. Creating a guided writing journal for each student will allow easy organization and show success.

Grouping Students for Emergent Guided Reading
For emergent groups, you should have no more than six students. Richardson gives you an assessment chart in the book, and you can use the information from that chart to create your groups. She suggests putting students in groups no more than one level apart.



Below are some Freebies that you can download. Click here or on the picture and download the image. When you click on the pictures on the slide, it will direct you to the freebie on TPT.