It always seems like teachers seem to have many questions about guided reading.  This is an area I actually feel very confident in. I have been giving it a go for over 10 years! While I do not subscribe to one method completely, I pull from several methods to create my own way. 🙂  I am sure everyone does this!

I did a guided reading series last school year, but the way I approach guided reading has changed slightly since moving to second grade.

Before starting, do you have any questions about guided reading that you would like to see answered?  Or any tips on certain parts of the lesson or management?  I will try my best to address them!

Published by Mandy Gregory

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

6 replies on “Guided Reading FAQ”

  1. Thanks you or doing this FAQ I am implementing it seriously this year and do still lots of questions! Do you really plan 5 lessons for five groups along with whole group instruction? What do you do with the high group? Enrichment? How much do you plan and how much do you assess/listen to students reading? What do you so with the data you gain besides teach strategies and adapt your lessons? How long do you have a group? Do yOu give them any work to do at their desks after? Are the other students silent reading ? Sorry I have so many questions! Ha! Looking forward to your post

  2. When you do running records, do you type ahead of time the words from the book so you can refer to them, or let the child read and just make the check marks?


  3. Do you follow a 2-3 day cycle with the same book? I read Guiding Readers by Lori Jamison Rog with the Teaching Blog Addict group this summer. It was very helpful, but she suggests that we not complete a chapter book with a group. Only a chapter or 2 from it and then let them finish it on their own during independent reading. What is your opinion on this? I am very weak in this area and that was why I read the book but I feel a little more confused in some ways.

  4. I am doing daily 5 so guided reading is going to be a HUGE part of my teaching this year. I am starting from the beginning…any advice would be helpful. I am especially interested in how you keep track of groups/decide what to teach.

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