Life has been crazy!
We just ended the 4th week of school and I have been loving 3rd grade...but the transition to it has left me exhausted...so much so that yesterday I got home, sat on the couch, closed my eyes to rest a bit...fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:30ish...yeap it was just one of those days. PTL my husband loves me and is completely understanding!
Today I'm here to tell you a bit about my favorite guided reading tools. I love guided reading! I love being able to sit with a group of kiddos, listen to them read, go over some strategies...and take notes on their reading progress. There's nothing quite like it. Love!
This post will have tons of pictures...so if you're a visual learner like me...you'll be in heaven. ;)
My guided reading time is usually done at my small group table...and I say usually because it's not surprising to also find me on the classroom rug...or in our classroom library reading with a group of kiddidles. It just depends on the day...and our mood. That's the reason I love having almost everything we need for GR in a little pink container I found at the Dollar Tree. It's so convenient to just grab and go.
My district uses Houghton Mifflin Journeys as our basal, they come with a set of leveled readers that we often use. But I do love to supplement with some authentic literature too...so chapter books, nonfiction books, picture books, and even magazines have been known to appear at our GR sessions...it's never boring...and the kids and I both love it!
For my struggling babies I have been using Reading A-Z, they have hundreds of both leveled and phonics books and the best thing about it is that the lessons, activities, and assessments are included with each book...it's fabulous!
In my beloved basket I have my favorite tools for GR...this is not to say that I use them all at once...I don't...but I do have them handy...neat and organized for when I do use them with my kids...and I have to say that they LOVE using these tools when interacting with the text...makes my heart happy!
My kids and I can't live without whiteboards and Expo markers...we use them every day. We practice writing the spelling words from our Journeys series, or other words with the same phonics skill. Sometimes after practicing our Dolch Phrases and if there's time...we get to practice writing them on our little boards too. They're also perfect for vocabulary practice, answering questions from the text, or even for quick informal assessments. These whiteboards have lines on one side...but are blank on the other...love 'em!
Fun pointers, Ticonderoga pencils, yellow and light green crayons are also a must.
I have yet to unveil the witch fingers, and highlighting tape...but we will be using them soon. They are becoming experts on using the fun sticky notes though..."stop and jot your thinking" is very common in our 3rd grade classroom. The colorful counters are used with my low babies that still need help with blending and segmenting. They work wonders!
I've had this little Quiz Me Can courtesy of Mrs. Patton's Patch for a couple of years now...but we still use them on the regular...the kids love taking a stick and quizzing each other. ;)
Another item that we use regularly is my Reading Graphic Organizers for Little Learners, my students know that they need to respond to what they're reading...and these sheets are perfect for that!
I keep all of the sheets in a binder inside sheet protectors. I have a set run off on white paper and use that to make multiple copies of whichever sheet we are using on a particular day. Another set is on colorful cardstock. This set is also inside sheet protectors...the kids get to use Expo markers and just respond on the sheet...when they're done they just show it to me, we discuss their response and then they erase...easy peasy!
Even though we use these graphic organizers frequently...it was one of my first products...so it's getting a major facelift! It should be ready in the next few days...hopefully.
I'm loving they way it's turning out!
Well friends, that's it...these are my favorite GR tools...I hope you found this post helpful!
I'm linking up with Jen over at The Teachers' Cauldron for her Guided Reading Tools Linky. Be sure to hop on over to her blog to check out all of the other great ideas!
Also...if you'd like more info on guided reading or anything else...make sure you leave a comment down below...I'll be gathering ideas for future blog posts. ;)
Until next time...toodles!