Next Step In Guided Reading book study: Chapter 4

Welcome to this week's post on The Next Step In Guided Reading book study. Chapter 4 is about early guided reading. 

1. What part of the reading caught your attention?  
                This chapter spends a great deal of time explaining the different components of early guided reading and gives great examples. One of the components listed was using analogies to work on onset and rimes. Most of my students are in emerging guided reading groups, so I haven't done this before. I really liked how Richardson broke it down and explained it.
    2. How do you already incorporate this into your guided reading routine?  
              For proper grouping at this level teachers need to do a reading record assessment on students prior to beginning groups. This will allow for more effective groupings. One of the focuses at this level is fluency. Many of my students struggle with moving past single letter sounds to sound blending. To help them with sound blending and to make sure they are comprehending I created a set which can be used during guided reading or a literacy center. Click HERE to check it out. 
In this set students sound out each individual letter before saying the sounds "fast" as they slide their finger along the arrow.
To finish the student attaches the picture that matches the word they read.

This set has been very helpful with my struggling kiddos!

  3. What is something new you want to try next school year? 
                   My classroom is a self-contained classroom so I generally do guided reading one on one with a student. My plan is to transition some of my students to small guided reading groups. 

  4. What are some resources that you ALREADY HAVE that you can use to teach what you read about in this chapter/section?

                    In addition to the blending sounds set I also use leveled CVC word building cards with students to reinforce letter sounds, letter ID and phonics skills. There are 2 levels. In this level students have to sound out the word and build the simple CVC word.

In the other level students need to match the letters to create the CVC word.
Click HERE to see the set with these activities.

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?
                        I'm always in search of new ways to work on rhyming with my kiddos. I would love to hear how you teach it. Leave me a comment with your best tip! Thanks!!

Stay tuned for next Monday's post on chapter 5.

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