Category: Guided Reading

Top 5 Tips for Comprehension

Reading is Thinking I remember when I became a reading specialist I originally focused heavily on kids learning to read/improving reading. However, pretty quickly I realized that my little readers also needed to heavily focus on improving their comprehension. One phrase that I kept in the back of my mind was “Reading is Thinking”. I

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February Literacy Engagement Ideas

A Short, but Sweet Month February may be a short month, but it still can be difficult to keep readers engaged. They begin thinking of warmer weather…even if it isn’t actually near. Students are also antsy from being inside so much for the last few months. As a teacher, it’s important to keep the excitement

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Guided Reading Passages

Why I Love Guided Reading Passages Guided Reading can take a long time to plan for, especially when you have multiple groups with students working at various levels. While the time spent in groups is incredibly meaningful, it can be stressful to try and figure it all out. This is why I love my Guided

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Winter Literacy Activities

Winter Themed Activities In the winter months, students can have a lot of energy because they’re not able to play outside as much. Between indoor recess and it getting dark so early, there leaves little time to be outside. As teachers, it helps to try and make the entire day a little more engaging for

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Top 5 Parts of a Guided Reading Lesson

Guided Reading Must Haves When leading a Guided Reading lesson, it’s important to make the most of the short amount of time you have with your readers. The more prepared ahead of time you are, the better the lesson will go. As someone who has worked with readers from Kindergarten-5th Grade, I’ve noticed a few

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Top 5 Word Work Materials

Engaging Word Work If you’re looking to switch up your word work routines this year, I’ve got a Top 5 List for you which hopefully will add some new pep to your word work activities! Word work can become monotonous for readers (and you) so one way to make it more engaging throughout the year

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Comprehension Ideas

The Importance of Engaging Readers in Comprehension Readers always need to practice their comprehension.  Whether working independently, in small groups or in a whole class setting during a read aloud, comprehension should be a focus. I think it’s important to keep readers excited about comprehension. This can be done through the inclusion of a variety

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Guided Reading at the Higher Levels: Level W-Z

When working in Guided Reading groups, it’s important to regularly check in on your readers to ensure they’re making progress. This is true for readers at the earliest levels to the highest levels. The simplest way to do this is during actual small group time, with a running record. I firmly believe that a lot

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Going Digital with Guided Reading

I remember being so excited when the school I was working at a few years ago decided to go 1:1. I love technology and was looking forward to implementing it into my intervention groups. My students had both iPads and Macbooks, depending on the grade level. Sure there was a learning curve at first, but

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Seasonal Guided Reading Binder Freebies

I’m on an organizing roll here with creating covers etc for all my guided reading passages! This is the last set I had to do, woohoo!! In this free download I include binder spines, binder covers and labels for your guided reading tubs. Having everything organized and in one place can make a world of

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