Monday, October 19, 2015

The Guys Of Primary Talk Guided Reading (Part 3)

Hey ya'll it's Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!   I am super excited to be sharing how I do guided reading in my class and partnering with the awesome BOB Books for a fun give away!

Shoutout to all the dudes out there in teacher land!   

If you follow my blog or follow me on social media, you know I'm not a rule follower.  I can't stand being micromanaged and I tend to be pretty outside of the box.    So when my district came to us with a new guided reading outline, I was....let's say...skeptical.  BUT I gave it a shot and I loved it.   SHOCKING, right!?

Here's why....before I was kind of all over the place with guided reading and not following a set plan or outline wasn't effective.  My lack of planning and focus was keeping them from achieving their best and that just isn't OK!

So, after using this plan for 2 years, I can say it's awesome.  It gets the GREG seal of approval!  

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This is the planning sheet I created to plan my weekly guided reading plans.  Each group has their own sheet and the back is used for anecdotal notes during the lesson.  And yes, I even use the same color ink to match the group.  So the pink group gets pink ink!  TRUTH!

The components of our guided reading lesson are:

Introductory statement:   This is a simple statement telling what the book is about.  The key to a successful introductory statement is to use vocabulary from the book in the statement.  And an effective introductory statement can boost lesson success by 80%!

Picture walk:   This can be a very traditional picture walk or it can be a more guided picture walk.  I might ask my readers to turn to page 6 and find a sailboat.  Or I might ask them to find certain sight words or tricky vocabulary words!  

Then we read!   There is no echo reading or choral reading.  Each student whisper reads the book and I am moving around the table listening and working on decoding strategies!  

What do we read?  Leveled readers of course!  We have a bookroom in our building that is organized by level (We use Fountas and Pinnell) so I can pull books from there and of course, we love reading our BOB BOOKS!!!!!   I love how decodable BOB Books are and how they have a variety of levels and stories!   

After we read 2 or 3 times, we discuss the book with some comprehension questions.  I try to make text-to-self connections with each of our books because kindergarten guided reading books can be a little tricky to pull good comprehension questions.

Word Work!   Each day we do a bit of word work after reading.  This varies depending on the time of year and the group but at least 1 time during the week we will build sight words and we use this time to work on vocabulary in our books.   We will also do some phonics work and phonemic awareness work that is connected to what did in whole group or what skills we're working on!

Writing!  We end with a quick writing activity.  This is usually a sentence frame that goes with the story.  This week we're reading a book about what we eat for dinner.  Our sentence frame one day might be "  I like to eat.....".  

So that is how we do guided reading!  And  the best part, you can see our guided reading in action!

If you're interested in some more guided reading posts, check out these posts:

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  1. You are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with all of us!

  2. Greg, I can not begin to tell you how much of a life saver today's post was, I am a new teacher (although late to the profession) and I have been chucked in a classroom with one term to go (Southern Hemisphere) and left too it, and I really had no plan or approach with guided reading. Now I know exactly what I will be working towards and what my focus will be. It is going to feel so worthwhile next time - thank you so much :)

  3. Thank you for sharing. I love that I can see it in action. Makes it so much easier for me. Thanks bunches!