Today we are linking up with Jivey. We love her and her blog! How awesome is Workshop Wednesday? Sorry we are late to the party. We are still very new to the blog thing. Check out Jivey's Tech Tips. Boy, did we learn a lot! Thanks, Jivey!! I only wish we saw those sooner!
- Guided Reading is about guiding your readers. Let's face it, no one enjoys the formal assessment part. I've never seen a teacher skip down the hallway saying, "Yippee, it's DRA day!" But we do it so we can find that "sweet spot" where your reader is challenged and supported at the same time. The text can't be too easy or too hard.
- Plan, plan, plan, and then plan again. Guided reading flops for me without a plan. I just can't wing it. Wing a read aloud? Sure. Wing a worksheet? All day long. But guided reading? I just can't. It is the perfect opportunity to teach reading skills explicitly.
- Stick to a format: review/preview, introduce vocab, set a purpose for the session, students read, circle back and discuss the purpose, and/or teach a new skill. Done and done! If we can get that accomplished in 25 minutes, I consider it a win for the day.
Emily and I have made guided reading packets for all of the novels we have read this year. If you want to check one out....download The Littles Go Exploring (HERE). It's free :) Who doesn't love a freebie?!
Each chapter includes re-tell questions followed by a creative reading response activity. We like to incorporate comprehension questions using Blooms Taxonomy, but then we all need to have a little fun. :) Right?
We have novel units for the Sophie Series, Ralph S. Mouse, Fudge-A-Mania, Frindle, A to Z Mysteries, Dragons of Blueland, Ramona and her Father, Cricket in Times Square, The Indian in the Cupboard, Flat Stanley, and Shiloh. We are almost finished with Charlotte's Web, My Father's Dragon, and Bunnicula.
That's it in a nutshell. We are still working on the right way to keep anecdotal notes on the students, so we will post later when we figure it out!! Thank you so much for all of the tips from this linky. Great stuff, yall! Thanks for reading.