Guided Reading Tools (for the organized teacher)!

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guided reading tools

Now that I do 99% of my teaching in small groups AND now that I got rid of my teacher desk, I found it even more crucial that I had an organized way to keep my guided reading tools within reach at all times.

guided reading tools

It took some trial and error, but I have found that these tools in my Teacher Time/Guided Reading crate help me meet the needs of all my learners during their time with me. So what’s inside? Take a peak!

guided reading tools

The best thing I did this summer was create the skills and strategies flip cards, as seen in my TPT store here. For real. Our learning goal this week and last has been to “Ask and answer questions about sequencing.” Our strategy has been to use our ability to sequence, to summarize the text. We referred to these flip cards as we read our weekly selection, as…

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I’m going on a…text feature hunt! Freebie ahead!

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It’s been a while, so I figured I would start this off with a freebie. Head over to my TPT store to grab the Text Feature Hunt Freebie, which I’m going to explain right about….now.

Ok, so this past month, it was time to really get my kids understanding and using text features as they read. I’ve talked about text features nonstop since the beginning of the year, but we finally came across a text in Reading Street that heavily focused on text features. It was the perfect opportunity to get my kids on a hunt for text features. It was too much fun to see the lightbulbs go off as they realized “So, I HAVE looked at graphs before!” or “So that’s called a subheading, huh? Never knew!”

After introducing the topic, going through some examples together, and finishing up whole group instruction for the day, it was…

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Whole brain teaching

I have been really interested in this since I saw some clips on youtube of people using whole brain teaching ideas.  There are lots of clips of a former teacher called Chris Biffle explaining and demonstrating the ideas.  I love the ‘super improvers board’ idea – where every child can be rewarded and praised for progress they make in any area you choose during the school day.  There are lots of examples of great ‘super improvers boards’ on pinterest – fantastic for inspiration.  I would like to have a go at using it with my year 2 class this year and will see how it works out.

Here is a link to more information

http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/?option=com_k2&Itemid=145&id=63&lang=en&limit=10&limitstart=10&task=user&view=itemlist&fontstyle=f-larger

Making progress in reading

I am on a mission to improve the reading abilities of the children in my new class.  I have al ways heard individual reading books and worked with guided reading groups as well as comprehension activities, class books, reading time, read the room etc but feel that there is so much more I can be doing.  Recently I have been looking into the American system of ‘Daily 5’ which seems a good way of working on reading in groups.  From September, our Year 2 classes will have weekly challenges added into their home reading records encouraging them to take part in reading response activities at home linked to the books they are reading.  These include writing a short diary entry for one of the characters, writing them a letter or designing a birthday card for them.  I hope this will help the children to engage more with the books they take home.  Has anyone else looked into the idea of ‘daily 5’ and whether it would suit the year 2 classroom?

Here is a link to information about the daily 5

https://www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5