Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tried it Tuesday-Guided Reading Style

Hey (Linky) Party People!!

We thought we'd link up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for a little Tried it Tuesday.  Check our her awesome blog HERE and get in on the fun and link up!

We wanted to share our latest novel units with you.  I'm sure y'all are like us and you have a wide range of readers that makes your head spin can be challenging.  :)  Beverly Cleary is a good mid-range for third graders and our kiddos devour anything she writes!  If you use Fountas and Pinell, The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 are both Level O.
We usually read a chapter each day with our small groups and try to follow a pretty consistent sequence.  Let's face it, we crave the consistency as much as the kids (at least I do!).  It's fast and furious, but in that 25 minute session we try to: review/preview, introduce new vocab, read together, review the text, and assign a meaningful activity that will extend their thinking.  Sounds easy enough, right?!  HA!

We love to use novel units to keep us on track AND we can plan the activities ahead of time.  I know we've got a winner when..... A.) My kids groan when our time is up.... B.) They shout "YESSSS" when I call their group to the table or  C.) They ask to read and finish their assignment during recess.

If you'd like to try either of these units, let us know!   The first 3 people to comment, get them for free! Just leave your email and which unit you'd like.
Thanks y'all!  Now go link up with Holly so we can see what you did!


  1. The units look great! I teach fifth so I guess I'll let the first 3 younger grade teachers grab them, but I just wanted to tell you how great they look. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. I was thinking of starting the year with Ramona! This would be awesome!


  3. Hello - I love your units and your blog! I have no formal training in guided reading so I would love to see more of your units. We do Ramona at the end of 3rd grade, but I've never read Ralph S. Mouse so I would prefer that unit.
    Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas, Susan

  4. I loved these books when I was growing up and read ALL the Beverly Cleary. Your units look awesome!
    Fourth Grade Flipper