For ages 3 to 7.
Guided reading is an amazing way to take students’ reading to the next level but – let’s face it – it’s also one of the most time consuming parts of the day.
To make it really work, we need to create different activities that are just right for each small group. Alphabet activities for new readers, word family games for middle readers, silent e practice for more advanced readers…
That’s why I set out on a mission to make guided reading groups easier for all of us. “Easy” is a good word to every teacher’s ear, right?!
This endless bundle of guided reading activities covers everything from pre-reading skills like rhyming to alphabet sounds, word families, sight words and beyond.
Because it covers such a broad spectrum of reading skills, it’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
You can easily differentiate for a huge variety of needs.
Setting Up Guided Reading Groups
New to guided reading groups?! No problem. Here’s my general rundown of what it looks like in my classroom:
After giving students a baseline assessment to determine what reading strategies, letter sounds and words they know, I evaluate their reading level.
Sitting down with one student at a time, I give kids a low level book to read first, followed by books that are incrementally harder until we’ve found a book they can read with 90% accuracy.
I want students to be stretched a bit so that they need to practice their reading strategies but not stretched so far that they become frustrated and give up.
Once assessments are complete, dividing the class into small groups is a synch! I simply group between 3 and 6 children who are at similar reading levels together. Some groups may have a few more than others but, for the most part, it’s amazing how evenly they sort.
Guided Reading Lessons
While other kiddos are working on literacy centers like writing around the room or reading independently, I pull back one group at a time to work with me.
I quickly review what we practiced the day before and then hop into a short lesson about a skill we’ll be working on that day. For very early readers, it could be rhyming or breaking words into syllables. For more advanced readers, it might be CVC words or vowel teams like OA, EE or AI.
Since I love making learning fun and memorable for kids, I pull out games whenever possible. No boredom allowed!
For those early readers, we play a rhyming game.
Or work on identifying beginning sounds.
With more advanced readers, we work on letter names and sounds.
If my next group of readers is working on CVC words, we tackle the most common word families in the bunch.
And for students who were even further along in the reading process, we master sight words…
Work on digraphs…
That sneaky Magic E…
With so many reading activities at my fingertips, it’s incredibly easy to differentiate for my students’ just right level.
In all, there are more than 220 activities to pull out and play!!
Once my kids have had plenty of practice isolating the new skill, I pass out a book that incorporates the lesson into their reading.
In our previous examples, I’d pull out one of the level A books included in the Guided Reading Bundle.
For those advanced kiddos, they would read a book with CVC or vowel team words.
Everyone gets the practice they need!
Everything in One Spot
I love having things organized and ready to print and play so my Endless Guided Reading Bundle includes more than 220 activities organized by skill. Children learn:
- Motivating and confidence
- Breaking words into syllables
- Beginning and ending sounds
- Print concepts
- Name games
- Letter names
- Letter sounds
- ABC order
- Letter formation
- Blending sounds together to make words
- Word families (CVC words that share a spelling pattern like cat, mat and hat)
- Word work activities
MORE ADVANCED READING
- Sight words (the most common words in English)
- CVCe words (make, cute, like, etc.)
- Vowel team words (play, deer, boat, etc.)
- Digraphs (sh-, th-, ch-, wr-, qu-, etc.)
- Blends (cl-, fr-, sm-, etc.)
- Reading Comprehension
Your Collection Keeps on Growing
Plus you get instant access to all future reading activity sets. Every time I finish a new pack, I email it to you first!