Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

Do some of your students struggle to read but you’re not sure how to help? If you’ve ever wished you had an easy lesson planning cheat sheet that would help you pick “just right” reading lessons, these are for you!

Snag your set below and then request an invite to our 4 week course, The Reading Roadmap, so you can get the proven, ready-to-deploy system for helping EVERY student thrive!

Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

Whether you need a quick reference to help you plan your small group instruction or you’re not sure how to help a specific struggling readers, these free lesson planning cheat sheets will help point you in the right direction.

Just grab your copy (below) and print them on plain white paper or color code them by printing on bright neon.

Then slide them into your guided reading binder so you can pull them out quickly when you need them.

For Pre-Readers

If your students are building foundational skills, grab the pre-reading lesson planning cheat sheet and work your way through the list of  lessons.

You’ll teach students how to pick a “just right” book, find a good reading spot that’s free from distractions and read the whole time – instead of wandering to the bathroom, talking with a friend, or staring at the wall. 😉

Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

For Accuracy

If you notice kids are making mistakes as they read, pull out the accuracy lesson planning cheat sheet for a list of ideas.

Options include teaching students how to connect books with their own life, making predictions about what is going to happen next and revising their guesses as they go along.

Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

For Fluency

When you have children who need to work on reading more quickly, grab the fluency page for inspiration.

Show them how to read strings of 2 to 5 sight words fluently, hone in on tricky spelling patterns like digraphs and have them reread to build their speed.

Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

For Comprehension

And last but not least, when students need to practice reading comprehension, show them how to think from different characters’ points of view or retell what happened in the beginning, middle and end…

There are so many “just right” ideas included in the lesson planning cheat sheets!

Lesson Planning Cheat Sheets

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  1. Shannon

    I’m unable to download. Could you please send them to me by email? Thanks!

    • Ashley

      Hi Shannon,
      I’m sorry the download isn’t working for you. We never want that. Please check to be sure you’ve enabled pop ups from our site. This particular freebie is sent to your email, so be sure to check your spam folder as well. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. Blanca

    I love all your teaching tips .
    Thanks a lot .

  3. Mar Bernal

    Malia, thank you for the present, it’s awesome and useful.

  4. Joanna Keiss

    Thank you, Malia! Your tips will be helpful, and it is nice to know more about you and your background. Have a great year! Thank you for the fun gift. 🙂

  5. Joan Manson

    I’m only a relief teacher Malia but it wa good to hear about your family Cheers


  6. Cindy Armor

    As a reading interventionist who teaches students at various levels, these sheets are very helpful. It’s so nice to have a bank of strategies all in one place.

    Thank you!

  7. Heazle Shore

    Hi Malia, I tried to download the cheat sheets but it wouldn’t download.

    • Audrey

      Oh no! We never want that! I have updated the link, you should be good to go! Let me know if you have any trouble! I am happy to help!

  8. Jo

    Thankyou Malia, these will be awesome with my adult LLN students.

  9. Tara

    I love this resource! Does this come in a black and white copy? I would love to print this off and send this home to all of my 1st-grade families. The colored background makes printing tricky.



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Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!