I have taught for about 11 years and taught guided reading for 10 of the eleven years.  When I first started teaching, many teachers were actually still doing whole group reading instruction with novel studies.  While I think that novel studies definitely have a place in the reader’s workshop, I feel that students must be instructed in small groups to meet their individual needs as well.  Working with students with disabilities for the last three years has done nothing but reinforce that belief.  It has also made my teaching of reading “bag of tricks” much larger- I had no choice.

When I taught third grade I always felt like I really needed to make sure my students could read and comprehend ALL texts because many teachers feel like in fourth grade “students no longer are learning to read, but reading to learn” (I hate this phrase and philosophy by the way, but I will spare everyone my soapbox!  When I heard a principal say it I about fell over).

Sooo…I decided to create a packet all about how I implement guided reading in my classroom.  I started working on this in October 2012.  Yes, it has taken THAT long to organize my ideas, take photographs, continually adding ideas, and then more ideas, and then more ideas!!!   This packet is jammed packed with photographs (including some full page collages), examples, and just-print-and-they-are-ready to use activities!  it is listed for only $10.00!!

This is just a small taste of what is in the packet.  I am so glad it is done!  To celebrate its completion, I made a few FREEBIES to celebrate!  Yahoo!
For the next THREE DAYS (July 10th-12th) I will be giving away  ONE copy of the Guide to Guided Reading packet each day and posting a NEW freebie.  The freebies are all to help organize guided reading groups with a different theme!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below on THIS blog post with your name AND classroom theme if you have one (like frogs, monkeys, etc).  This giveaway will also be on my Facebook page so click over there to double your chances! πŸ™‚
So without any further delay the FIRST freebie is a pink and green polka dots and chevron OWL THEMED guided reading icons and editable center cards.
You can post them in a pocket chart to show your guided reading rotations similar to this:
Here are the matching editable center cards.  You can type in the activity you would like each group to complete.
Make sure to leave your email and classroom theme below for a chance to enter!
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  1. Bethany Hunter July 10, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I have a color theme this year which will be blue and green.
    Thank you for the freebie.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. Miss Owens July 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I'm doing a superhero theme. Love the reading group cards!

  3. Donna July 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    My colors are black, turquoise, and lime green with polka dots : )


    Hokie Teach

  4. Rachel July 10, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I am having Chevron and Owls!


  5. Melinda Velazquez July 10, 2013 at 12:59 am
  6. Mrs. Hall July 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

    What a wonderful idea for a packet. Thank you for the freebies. Ihave a blue and yellow theme with bees. E-mail: Jacqueline.hall@lewis.kyschools.us

  7. Jessica @ Fabulous and Fun 4th Graders July 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I am still doing a hot pink, lime green, and black theme!
    Fabulous and Fun 4th Graders

  8. dbednars July 10, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I'm doing bright colors & kid stick figures. Thanks for the chance to win. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

  9. Amy Hoopingarner July 10, 2013 at 1:05 am

    My classroom theme is all bright colors with polka dots, stripes, and chevron! I love your blog!! Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Amy Hoopingarner


  10. Linda Downs July 10, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I use light blue and white in my room. I like a calming affect. I use light blue shower curtains on the windows that look like water.
    Great blog.

  11. sherrymc62 July 10, 2013 at 1:12 am

    My classroom theme is bees. Thank you for hosting this contest!

  12. Ms.Smith July 10, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I don't really have a theme, but I use bright colors!

    Ms. Smith

  13. Charmaine July 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I haven't decided on a Theme for the decorations yet but I love what you have created! Thanks for doing the contest!


  14. Brenda July 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Wonderful!! I'm doing Dots on Turquoise this year. primaryinspired@gmail.com

  15. Suzy Q July 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

    No theme, but yellow/red/green with black.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  16. Courtney Purcell July 10, 2013 at 1:24 am

    My email is CourtneyLynn8907@hotmail.com and my theme is jungle! πŸ™‚

  17. Karmen July 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Hi! I dont really have a theme…but I use bright colors… I love this guided reading pack… I'm moving from Kindergarten to Third in the fall so it will be a bit of a different guided reading time for me! Thanks


  18. Eileen Boyle July 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I have an ocean theme. I love your colors of pink and green. I am always looking for ways to improve guided reading.

  19. Amanda July 10, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Just colors for my theme: lime green and turquoise!

  20. Mrs Ennis July 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Hi Mandy!

    1st grade with a jungle/monkey theme.

    Thanks for being so generous with your time and talent!

  21. Lisa Cain July 10, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Love it! I have primary colored polka dots in my room.

  22. Angela Nerby July 10, 2013 at 1:31 am

    My theme is hippos!!

    Angela πŸ™‚
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!
    angelanerby10 (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Lnabors July 10, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I am going with ocean/beach. This will be my first year doing a theme. πŸ™‚

  24. Gina Baran July 10, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I would love the packet. I struggle with guided reading in the upper grades. My theme is super heroes this year.

  25. Jeannie July 10, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I can tell that you took your time on this packet. It looks amazing. I'd love to win a copy. My theme this year is bright colors with chevron and polka dots.

    The 2nd Grade Surprise

  26. Shannon July 10, 2013 at 1:49 am

    LOVE this!! My email is shannon.engley@gmail.com, and my theme is bright colors with polka dots, chevron, and owls. πŸ™‚

  27. Teri Lynn July 10, 2013 at 1:55 am


    My name is Teri..I am doing an owl theme!



  28. teacherkristina July 10, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Owls and bright colors πŸ™‚


  29. Karen Huffman July 10, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I have been looking into Guided Reading for my 5th graders. I am doing a black and white theme with a pop of color.

  30. Literacy Teacher July 10, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I did not have a theme last year because I was in someone else's classroom, but when I had my own room, I guess you could say I just decorated with color. I love purple so I had purple pens, made copies on purple paper, had purple baskets and decorations. If I knew where I was going this year, I think I would do a "bee theme" or a Peanuts theme.

    Renee from Reading Really Rocks

  31. Bobkat27834 July 10, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Hollywood theme bobkat20837@aol.com

  32. Leslie Jones July 10, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I'm trying a monster theme this year.
    Leslie Jones novfeb14@aol.com

  33. Mandi Palmer July 10, 2013 at 2:17 am

    This freebie is perfect!!! I'm doing owls in bright pink, green and blue!


  34. Courtney Petzold July 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I am in LOVE with today's freebie because my theme for this year is… OWLS!

    Thank you so much!


  35. Lee Ann Beasley July 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Hi Mandy! My theme is bumble bees!!! We are the Beasley Busy Bees!! Love your Guided Reading packet!!!


  36. Melinda July 10, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I have mostly monkeys and lots of bright colors.


  37. Dee Bibb July 10, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Thanks so much for the freebie. My colors this year are pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange with chevron and polka dots.

    Thanks for a chance to win this awesome looking guided reading packet.


    Mrs. B's Nook

  38. Siobhan C. July 10, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Lots of us doing the same theme…..and I concur, this freebie is awesome because I am doing owls in pink & green πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance to win the guided reading packet….it looks great!

  39. Siobhan C. July 10, 2013 at 2:46 am

    oooppppsssss! sorry, I forgot my email! sconnor@midlakes.org

  40. Mrs. Eimer July 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I have a cupcake theme with hot pink and lime green colors.

    This packet looks awesome!


  41. Amanda Politano July 10, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Monkeys πŸ™‚ nini621@aol.com

  42. Raevers July 10, 2013 at 2:53 am

    my theme is explorers so I've incorporated jungle/safari/rainforest so it's versatile thank you! pcolagal1963@gmail.com

  43. Kindergarten Bliss July 10, 2013 at 2:59 am

    This looks like a great packet! Love your labels for guided reading groups. My theme is safari, lots of cheetah and zebra! πŸ™‚


  44. Lori July 10, 2013 at 3:20 am

    My theme is polka dots and owls.


  45. Heather Temske July 10, 2013 at 3:35 am

    It must be such a relief to finally finish. It's a great contest/giveaway. My theme is ocean.

    room 4 imagination

  46. Theresa F July 10, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Hi Mandy! My theme is zebras and bright colors accent everything.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Karyn July 10, 2013 at 4:02 am

    My classroom theme is pink and green with owls. Thanks for the awesome freebies! Thanks for the chance to win your amazing guided reading pack too!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  48. Kathy Peterson July 10, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I'm doing bright colors, polka dots, and owls. Love your site. Thanks for the freebie.

  49. Cori Lyons July 10, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway and for the freebie. My theme is jungle animals especially lions.


  50. Debbie K July 10, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I am doing primary colours in my classroom. I've been doing Guided Reading for about 12 years and think it's a great way of teaching. And my kids love doing Literacy Centers while GR is happening. Couldn't agree with you more on the Learning to Read vs Reading to Learn.

  51. Cynthia Wirfs July 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Hi Mandy– Your packet looks fantastic! What a lot of work! No "theme" per se, but colors are black and white, with brights-mostly pink, green, purple, and blue. Thanks for the awesome freebie–so cute and totally goes with my colors! firstandsecondlooptroop@gmail.com

  52. Wendi Turner July 10, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Wow…that is awesome! The beach is my theme-surfboards, palm trees! turnertroupe@aol.com

    Thanks, Wendi

  53. ceehce July 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

    My theme this year will be polka dots.


  54. Sherri Sears July 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I don't really use a theme. I use black and bright colors (like your title). πŸ™‚


    Packet looks fantastic!

  55. Jeannine July 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I set up a new classroom last year and have black and rainbow brights as my theme. I like this because all of the baskets and poster sets I have still match. Your new packet would be so helpful to have and perfect to share with my student teacher in the fall! Looks like a lot of thought went into this item. I love photos!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  56. Beki Moore July 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Great idea for a giveaway and thanks! Beki Moore
    beki_moore@earthlink.net My theme in my classroom is Bees. πŸ™‚

  57. K. Mo July 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

    My theme is pink and green with polka dots
    ❀ Karen
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  58. Amy Gillespie July 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Morning! I work in a remedial school, so I have a limit on "cuteness" so kiddos can concentrate…but I sneak in fun pretties when I can! πŸ™‚


  59. Mrs. Cantrell July 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    My theme is frogs with a little bit of pink and blue added.


  60. Tina Crofts July 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What an awesome giveaway and freebie! My theme is turquoise, black and white! I REALLy hope I win! I am heading back to teaching 4th grade after teaching in a middle school for 4 years and I got rid of all my guided reading "stuff". I have been frantically gathering ideas again. This would be an awesome packet!

    Crofts' Classroom

  61. Mary Radtke July 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My theme is owls! Love your materials????,they would be perfect.
    Mary Radtke
    3rd grade

  62. Hilary Gard July 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    My classroom theme is Outer Space! I have a great rug with tons of bright colors (mostly primary colors) so I supplement with those!
    These look great!
    Hilary (hilzgard@yahoo.com)
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  63. Katie Cowgill July 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    As a fellow 4th grade teacher, I'm really excited about this giveaway! My color scheme is black and white.

    Cowgill's Corner

  64. Alana Duval July 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Mandy, I love your products I appreciate finding materials to motivate my second grade kiddos and enrich their learning experience, thanks to creative colleagues like you.
    My classroom theme is blue and yellow with bumblebees. Although I can't use your Freebie, I know my teaching partner will love it! Keep up the good work!

  65. courtney shiffrin July 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I would love a copy. Thanks for the freebie today.
    owl theme

  66. nikki8 July 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Looks awesome!
    Theme: nautical

  67. LuAnn Garrett July 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Great job! Love it!
    My classroom is pirates with black, gray, red, yellow Chevron.

    LuAnn Garrett

  68. Linda Piccola July 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    This guide looks great! Just what a newbie, like me, NEEDS!! I do not have a theme, but my colors are lime, turquoise, and yellow. Simple and clean and bright – I have a huge window along one wall and I keep my blinds open. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  69. Sharon Roknich July 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks Mandy for all your tips and help…I am starting my second year as a behavior teacher K-3, and I need all the help I can get! I am thinking of adding owls to my classroom this year.

  70. Lauren Rizzo July 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing product! I am switching from first grade to third grade this year. I am thinking about doing a polka dot theme this year! laurmrizzo@gmail.com

  71. eve July 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh, these center activity cards go beautifully with my walls. Thank you so much. I love the ideas for your guided reading. dtjami@yahoo.co.nz

  72. Amanda. Applegate July 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Owl theme in my room. These are soooo cute!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. Kathy Gaines July 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I'm thinking a racetrack with cars in red, blue, yellows and green. Thanks1

  74. Matt-Lindsay Holman July 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I have monkeys in my room but I am also incorporating BRIGHT colors with chevron, polka dots, stripes, and whatever else that is BRIGHT!! πŸ™‚
    Love your packet preview! May have to purchase that!

  75. kimcollatos July 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I have some frogs in my room, but my theme is bright colors. I have a mix of stuff in there. I love the brights! I would love to have this!


  76. Amanda July 11, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Lime green and teal color theme πŸ™‚ Of course anything polka dot or chevron is welcome too!!


  77. brooke872 July 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

    This would be so helpful! My "theme" is hot pink and navy blue with a 'sky' background mixed in. Super soothing and fun at the same time! –Brooke872@gmail.com

  78. Roxanne Sterling July 11, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Hi Mandy,
    Another fantabulous packet!!!
    Color theme – red, white and black.
    Thanks for the awesome polka dots freebies. foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

  79. Miss B July 11, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Awesome post!! I am the one who e-mailed you about this exact thing. The owls & chevron are adorable…my classroom theme is superheroes and also chevron (sounds weird but it actually turned out kind of cute).

    Brittany- brittany.bruington@gmail.com

  80. Cherie July 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Bright polka dots!


  81. Stephanie July 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I would love a copy of this! My theme as of now is just bright colors… but I have two months of summer break left, so I may change my mind!

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

  82. Crystal July 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I would love a copy of this! I teach third grade and this would be a great asset to my guided reading/literature circles. My theme is polka dots.


  83. Mrs Ennis July 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I'm doing a jungle theme in first this year, but I rotate- I also love Oceans and Frogs. Enjoy jazzing it up!I use lots of blue, green and purple in my room as the walls are a harsh cream/yellow.

  84. Breanne July 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This packet looks amazing! I am going to try really hard to implement Guided Reading the right way this year… My classroom theme is Disney but I use lots of bright colors since Disney teaching stuff is nearly impossible to find! πŸ™‚


  85. Lisa Pragg July 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    My theme is owls! Lisa.pragg@appo.k12.de.us

  86. Miss Emily July 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Wow…amazing! My classroom theme is stars

  87. Sidra Aronowitz July 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    My theme is owls…

  88. Bonnie Adams July 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    My theme is owls. bonnielynnadams@gmail.com

  89. Markisha July 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    My theme is owls and polka dots.


  90. Cammie Burlison July 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    My theme is superheroes – primary colors

  91. Samantha Rogers July 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    sdrogers.tn@gmail.com TRAVEL/JOURNEY theme! πŸ™‚

  92. Amy July 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    This looks amazing! I don't have a theme but I have a color scheme of black with bright colors.

  93. AJJ July 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    This is great! I don't do a theme in my classroom.
    Abby J

  94. Mrs. Corbitt July 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! My theme is frogs. Fingers crossed. Nickie1024@gmail.com

    πŸ™‚ nicole
    tadpole tidbits

  95. jivey July 12, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Hey there! Fellow Georgia, 4th grade teacher here! πŸ™‚ I have a beach theme in my room, and I would love to see your ideas for guided reading – I use it in my room but always love looking at ways to improve! Thanks for the opportunity!
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! πŸ™‚

  96. Shelly July 12, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Looks great. I don't really have a theme, but rather just use primary colors.


  97. Rachel July 12, 2013 at 1:58 am
  98. Carly Wizeman July 12, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Teaching reading is my passion and I'm always looking for new things to add to my routine…
    My Theme is Turquoise, Purple, Gray Chevron

    First Grade Fabulosity

  99. Roxanne Sterling July 12, 2013 at 7:22 am
  100. paulanjohn July 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Owls and green, blue and pink theme. LOVE your stuff. Thanks.

  101. lcooney July 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I have a frog/green theme this year. Thanks for the freebies! cooney.doublec.laura192@gmail.com
    Great stuff!

  102. Mrs. Z July 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    This looks like another fabulous resource! Thanks for your hard work!

    My colors are blue and light green. I have owls as my theme.

  103. Beki Moore July 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the great resource. My theme is bees. Not sure if I commented already. πŸ™‚ beki_moore@earthlink.net

  104. apruitt July 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This is great. My theme is polka dots and primary colors.
    My email is apruitt@anderson2.k12.sc.us

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