I love guided reading. It’s small group instruction with leveled groups that focuses on specific skills. It gives me the chance to really focus on individualized skills with my students, take data, and provide instruction that is exactly at their level. My struggle is a resource issue. I have loads of books. My mom went on a garage and 1/2 price books binge a few years ago so my library is nicely stocked with a wide range of books. My problem is that I have very book sets. For guided reading to be successful, you need each student to have a copy of the book. They need to hear the words and see the words. Our students are visual learners, remember?
I have very few book sets and the ones that I do have are just down right boring. I wanted to work on challenging books with my higher level reading groups and in order to avoid a complete uprising – I needed these books to be engaging! As always – iPads to the rescue. You can download the kindle app for free and put the same book on multiple devices. Easy peasy and look crazy high tech 🙂
With my high group, we are reading a Goosebumps book which they are OBSESSED with. I give them points on the table with a dry erase marker to provide some quick positive reinforcement for good reading.
Based on the skills each group is working on – we use different activities from my Ultimate Guided Reading Resource. My high group is working on character traits and my next group is working on sequencing.
One of the great things about the kindle is that it has a built dictionary. You can click on any word and the definition pops up. Perfect for learning new vocabulary!