Category: Guided Reading

  • 7 Key Components to Elevate Your Small Group Reading Lessons

    7 Key Components to Elevate Your Small Group Reading Lessons

    Are you comfortable teaching small-group reading? Do you always know what you’re going to do and have no problem planning your lessons? Or, do you struggle to plan your lessons and visualize how they will work in your small groups?  With the shift happening in guided reading to follow the research behind the science of…

  • 7 Steps For a Successful First Small Group Reading Session

    7 Steps For a Successful First Small Group Reading Session

    Your first small group reading session is going to set the tone for the whole school year. So, it’s important to keep a few things in mind as you plan it!  If you’re wondering exactly what I do the first time I meet with my small groups for reading, get ready for a peek inside…

  • How to Use Phonics and Fluency Pages for Small-group Reading Lessons

    How to Use Phonics and Fluency Pages for Small-group Reading Lessons

    The Science of Reading is like a recipe for success in literacy. And just like a recipe, it requires multiple ingredients to make it work. Phonics is an important ingredient, but it’s not the only one. We also need to make sure we are teaching our students comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and writing to help our…

  • 6 Ways to Boost Students’ Confidence for Guided Reading

    6 Ways to Boost Students’ Confidence for Guided Reading

    Some kids LOVE when they get called for guided reading. They may cheer, get their book baggie, and skip over to you with a smile. But, some kids dread it and drag their feet across the room to your table. If lack of confidence is the culprit for their lack of motivation, then you’ll want…

  • GUIDED READING WARM-UPS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    GUIDED READING WARM-UPS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Last week, I sent a survey out about my Guided Reading Warm-ups and am so thankful for all of your responses! There was a LOT of positive feedback (thank you!), as well as suggestions, and a whole lot of questions. I wanted to answer as many questions as I can, as well as let you…

  • How to Use Guided Reading Warm-ups

    How to Use Guided Reading Warm-ups

    If you teach kindergarten through 2nd grade, you know that guided reading is an essential component of literacy instruction. The way I’ve conducted guided reading has changed over the years and some people aren’t fond of the term guided reading, but small-group reading instruction is essential in order to differentiate and meet your students’ needs…

  • Guided Reading Lesson Components

    Guided Reading Lesson Components

    Guided reading is my favorite time of the day! It’s the best way to differentiate reading instruction to meet the needs of all your students. It wasn’t always my favorite, though. In fact, I used to dread it! I did not feel confident and always felt overwhelmed with planning my guided reading lessons. It takes…

  • Guided Reading Tools Every Teacher Should Have

    Guided Reading Tools Every Teacher Should Have

    These are must-have tools for guided reading in kindergarten and first grade! I keep drawers with my fun tools to keep kids engaged throughout guided reading lessons. Can you guess what’s in the drawers? Read this post to find out some new, exciting ways to use materials you likely already have in your classroom! #tejedastots…

  • How to Keep your Guided Reading Lessons Short

    How to Keep your Guided Reading Lessons Short

    One question that comes up often about guided reading is. . . How do I fit all my groups in? The struggle is real! It’s important to take the time you need with your students (part of teaching is loving on them!), but it’s also important to stay on track, so that you’re able to…

  • Warming Up For Guided Reading

    Warming Up For Guided Reading

    If you do guided reading, you know how hard it is to find great tools for teaching specific skills and strategies before or during a guided reading lesson. I found it especially hard to find resources that had great examples to model the strategies with. And when I did find tools, they were never in…