I thought I'd blog tonight about guided reading. Everyone does things differently, and we of course always choose what works best for us (and our kiddos) in our classroom. I've gone to several literacy workshops through the years, and this is what works for me.
I like to read with each reading group (I only have 3) Monday-Thursday. On Fridays we assess (and we have a CRAZY schedule that messes up every other Friday, but that's a different discussion). On Mondays, I like to do a picture walk. I have the students preview the book on their own and then we do a guided walk through the story. I then play a game called "Rivet". I'll explain it to those of you who haven't heard of it. Rivet is sort of like hangman, minus the hanging. It's a way to "feed" your students the words. After our picture walk, we all go back to a given page number (whatever page, that has the word I want to give them) For example, if I know my reading group wouldn't be able to get the word creamy, I would tell them turn to page 4. Then I'd draw 6 lines on my dry erase board. I'd write the letter c on the first line (making sure there aren't any other 6 letter c words on the page). Students skim the page looking for that word. Then they put their thumb up when they find it. They all (or individually) spell the word to me. I ask if anyone knows the word, and they always get their mouth ready and take a guess. Then we look for hunks and chunks within the word. We've talked about r blends, so they'd recognize the cr blend. We're just now working on ea (through Phonics Dance) so they'd be learning that chunk. Then we'd sound out the word (tap out the word). Rivet is a game to help with phonics. I record all the Rivet words down for review the next day.
Tuesday-Wednesday we are reading our stories, working on the skills for the week. I have my higher groups whisper read two pages at a time, and I give them something to "read to find out". Then I ask comprehension questions to make sure they've all gained the information needed for the story. We also secretly look for our favorite page, bookmark it with a post-it, and then read it aloud to the group.
Thursdays vary. Sometimes we do games. Sometimes we write about our story. Sometimes we do graphic organizers so we can retell our stories at home. If you use the Treasures Reading Series, here is a sample of what I did this week for the stories that went with Unit 3.4: Smile, Mike. You can click the top picture to grab them if you'd like.
Here are a few pictures (forgive the images, I was using my cell phone)
I have 4 computers in my room (plus one for teacher use). This works out perfectly because rarely do my students need to double up on computers. I change the website each week. This week they were playing on Primary Games.
Here is a picture of them working on the sentence sort that's available in my TPT store. I like these sorts because when I give my class dictation sentences, they tend to struggle on remembering their punctuation.
My other pictures didn't turn out very well unfortunately. I have a hard time snapping pictures and being in 21 different places all at one time lol.
I will say that one activity I LOVE and my kids LOVE is Making Words. I don't do it for centers, though I guess that is a good idea. I do it whole group. I do it to practice spelling words as I know that other than classwork, many of my students aren't practicing. Here's a picture of this week's making words lesson.
I start off by giving them a word. They build it with their cut apart letters. Their work is checked and then one student goes up to the board and writes it. So I started with the word it. Then for the next word, my directions were add one letter to make the word bit. Then add a letter to make the word bite. Change a letter to spell the word kite, and so on. If you like this activity, you can click here to see more like it and grab the recording sheet.
Okay, hopefully that gives some of you some insight into my classroom world. This week, we are taking our quarterly assessments, so it's a review week. I like to do "fluff" on weeks like this. So here's a peek at what we will be doing.
It's a science unit on Penguins. It's available in my TPT store.
But I loved all the sweet comments that I received last week with the other penguin unit, that I'm giving away a few of these too. Here's my rule The first 10 FOLLOWERS (followers who show up on the side under the follow me) to comment with their email address will have it sent to them :)