I have always done DRA's on my students to get their reading level, but now that we are a Dibels school, I use that data to make my groups. I try to have between 4-5 groups with 5-6 students in each one. A few years ago my school went through NC Reads training which focuses on the 5 domains of reading. This totally changed how I wrote my guided reading lessons. I realized after this training that some of my struggling students still needed support with phonics and phonemic awareness. By adding these to my lessons, students were able to grow even more than I expected.
After establishing groups, I begin to create my guided reading lessons. I use the form below to plan out my lessons. Click here to get your free copy!
My lowest readers start with phonemic awareness by sounding out phonemes within various words I have chosen for them. These are usually from the Dolch sight word list. Next each reader is given a board. I have these SWEET boards from Kagan. My kids write on the front side with a magnetic pen and then can wipe it clean by dragging the pen across the back. We only use these at guided reading so the kids think they are pretty special!
For comprehension during guided reading, I try to use the same skill that is being taught in shared reading. I have found that this method ensures that my students have many opportunities to interact and master that specific skill. I love to use a variety of foldables during shared reading. By using the same skill in guided reading, my students can use their foldables and I don't have to recreate organizers :)
Another thing I use to build up retell during guided reading is the Fiction/Nonfiction Walk. This takes kids through each part of the story. I also give my students book mark versions of each of these walks to use during independent reading.
These are some of the reading tools that I give my students to use during independent reading and guided reading.
Each student has a reading tool kit to keep all their tools in!
I try to meet with each group twice a week and also conference with each student weekly during independent reading. I love guided reading and hope this post helps those who might be looking for a new way to do guided reading!