Guided reading can be so hard to wrap your hands (and mind) around. For the past few months, I have been diligently working behind the scenes talking with other
teachers, organizing my own thoughts, and writing and writing and writing. LOL!
Over the next few months I will be releasing tons and tons of materials to support small group reading instruction and more!
The first pack (of many upcoming) is almost like a “Guided Reading Light” pack. When creating this pack, I tried to keep in mind the many road blocks teachers may encounter during guided reading: time, organization of materials, lack of resources, and limited copies.
This series targets second grade. At this time levels J
, and L
Although the school year maybe winding down for you, NOW is the perfect time to start thinking about NEXT year. The hustle and bustle of a new school year is overwhelming. Begin thinking about how you can organize and improve your instruction now.
How does this pack help YOU?
It will save you TIME. It will save time in planning, and also in instruction.
This pack includes 8 printable guided reading texts. For each book there are three days of lessons plans. The lesson plans are short and to the point. The lessons
follow simple guided reading format.
For example for Day One:
• Text Activation
• Introduction of the text
• Tricky words to focus on
• Setting the purpose for students reading.
• Students will read and respond.
• Discussion of the text.
It will help you get ORGANIZED.
When I wrote this pack I tried to think about how teachers could easily organize the resources so they could access them easily.
All the materials for ONE book will fit in a 4″ X 6″ photo case!
The texts and all materials are purposely written to save paper and ink. Most pages can be cut into fourths. This was done purposely. The materials for each text
fit perfectly in a 4” x 6” photo case. The Iris Photo Boxes
from Michaels or Amazon
are a perfect way to store the materials. One case includes 16 photo boxes.
When creating this set, I did this so one row of the case could contain all the books included in one level. If the teacher chooses to implement this organizational system, then only two Iris Photo Boxes can store ALL the materials in the second grade level (J, K, L, and M).You don’t have to use a fancy box to organize them
! You can organize the materials anyway you chose. You can simply put each set in a sandwich sized zip-lock bag! For easy storage, you can use any Dollar Store plastic boxes to hold all the zip lock bags for each level!
It will provide exactly what you need at your fingertips if you need MORE RESOURCES.
This pack includes 4 fiction and 4 nonfiction guided reading books. When added together, there are a total of 24 instructional days of materials in the pack.
According to the guided reading expert Dr. Jan Richardson, the average student at these levels will gain about one level a month. This pack may be just the right amount of materials for some of your students!
For each text, at least 2 graphic organizers are provided for students to complete. Every fiction text includes a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer. Nonfiction texts require students to summarize what the text is about and identify two newly learned facts. Additional graphic organizers will depend on the main focus of each text.
It will save your precious COPY COUNTS!
I know that copies and paper can be a previous commodity in schools. I wrote these books so that they will use two sheets of paper. The books will be cut down to be ¼ of a page, as will the lessons and all graphic organizers.
The last page DOES have questions for the students to respond to. Students can write in the actual books OR teachers can ask students to respond on white boards or paper and reuse the books from year to year.
Does this sound like something you can use in your classroom? Are you still not sure?
To help you decide I am include one book and all the supplemental materials FREE!
Just click below to grab it!
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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 (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.