Mr. Sketch markers and chart paper have become a huge part of our classroom, whether it is me making an anchor chart or my friends using them! I’ve never used Mr. Sketch markers and I now realize that I’ve been missing out– I just love the way those markers write!
As someone who does guided reading and intervention groups all day long, let’s just say that sometimes I need to add a little excitement to my life (and my little friends’ lives) so that we all do not get bored. One of the simplest ways to do this: CHART PAPER and MARKERS! …I’m not yelling at you, I’m just emphasizing this… 🙂 Chart paper and markers are things that do not require a lot of extra prep but can go a really long way to help get your friends super engaged in a lesson!
These are nothing fancy (which is my point- no real prep required…but still SO exciting for my friends!)…but here are some examples of reading response and vocabulary charts my friends have been doing. And i’m telling you- they LOVE getting to use the chart paper, markers, crayons, etc!
For me, the trick is just not to use such materials every day, but throw it into the mix once or twice a week and really the same thing goes for graphic organizers, games, etc…it makes guided reading FUN and exciting! Hope this gives you a few ideas to make guided reading more exciting in your room too!