Guided Reading Small Groups (video)
During guided reading, students work in a small group to read books
at their instructional reading level. Teachers introduce stories and assist children in using reading strategies to develop independence in reading. Guided Reading helps children learn to use reading strategies independently while building fluency through repeated readings.
Students are grouped according to instructional need. Students read the same text in small groups with the teacher. The teacher guides the students in developing comprehension strategies. Teachers prepare literacy activities to strengethen pre-reading skills for emerging readers.
Scott Foresman Leveled Readers, Scholastic Leveled Readers, Reading A-Z Books, note cards, post it notes, tracking chips, whiteboards, timer
4th week-9th week of school: Begin teaching routines and setting expectations by modeling independent practice activities (Book Bags/Literacy Centers).
10th week of school: Begin meeting with small instruction groups. Other students are working independently on modeled activities from weeks 4-9. Small group instruction routines are established.
Activities during this time should include small group guided reading and skill instruction, Independent student literacy centered activities (as needed for emerging readers), and Book Bags.
Frequency: 4-5 days a week, 60 minutes per day. The teacher meets with 3 groups per day for approximately 20 minutes each. Students who have difficulty mastering skills and strategies (such as students who require Tier 2 interventons) should meet with the teacher in a small group every day.
Students complete ~40 minutes of independent literacy activities (book bags/literacy centers) per day.
Assessment: Assessment and instruction each inform the other of information that the teacher needs to bst meet the needs of the students. A variety of assessments are needed to give the teacher an accurate picture picture of the student and his or her progress, to match the reader to a book level, and to group the students based on like needs.
Rigby PM: In first grade, the Rigby test should be given three times during the school year. Teachers can utilize this data to identify the reading level of each student, which can assist the teacher in grouping the students according to their reading level.
Rigby is also a reading record (running record) used to determine when students change levels in reading.