Next Step In Guided Reading: Chapter 3

Welcome back! This week is all about Pre-A and Emergent Guided Reading. I am hosting this week's topic because this is the level where most of my special education class is. That being said, my favorite thing about guided reading is it can be adapted for any level and is easily differentiated. If you haven't tried it out in your classroom I highly recommend it.

On to chapter 3....

1. What part of the reading caught your attention?  
              Richardson states, " Skills are important and need to be taught, but they are useless if the student does not have the necessary strategies to use the skill." In my opinion, this is a vital concept that is often over looked by adults.  I often hear adults talking about skills a student may have and the level that equates to. However, if students haven't been taught to use the skills which frequently leads to lower comprehension and reading levels. 

 2. How do you already incorporate this into your guided reading routine?  
                My students need direct instruction to truly master skills, so we work on building skills and strategies and then practice using them in a variety of settings and situations. 

  3. What is something new you want to try next school year? 
                Richardson recommends that any student who can't correctly identify 40 or more upper and lower case letters should trace letters in an alphabet book DAILY. Next year I will only have 1 or 2 students who won't know 40 letters and I plan to try it with them. It is important that an older student or adult sits with students while they are doing this activity. When the student comes to an unknown letter the adult tells it to the student.  fastest and easiest 
               Research states that alphabet tracer book activities are the way for students to master letter identification and sounds. Click HERE to check out my Guided Reading Alphabet Tracer Booklets. A black and white version is included in the set so students can practice at home, too.


  4. What are some resources that you ALREADY HAVE that you can use to teach what you read about in this chapter/section?
               Most of us already have all of the materials for picture sorts. If not you can find one HERE.  Sentence strips and pocket charts can be used for cut-up sentence tasks. 

5. What are some NEW resources that you want to get or try to use to teach what you read about in this chapter/section?
                Rhyming has always been a HUGE challenge to my students. This year we are going to try working on word families and rhyming within. To help with our word family work I have created Write The Room Word Families sets. Check them out HERE.
               Here is a set of mixed up sentences you can use in the fall during guided reading:
Click HERE to download it.

What are some of your favorite resources to use for guided reading groups? Leave a comment so we can all learn!
~Pam

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