Earlier this week I posted my plans for Morning Group for March and April. Morning Group is mostly focused on seasonal fun with a big literacy and social skills emphasis. The other type of thematic planning that is done in my classroom is Guided Reading Groups. I coteach my guided reading groups with a coworker which makes planning even more fun! Check out my guided reading schedule. I thought I would share the rough outline of these plans too. Again – written in pencil because you know – sh#@t happens. You never know when you are going to need to switch around those nicely planned ideas.
The low group consists of students in reading levels C-E. These students have more significant language deficits – both receptive and expressive. The skills we are working on are more basic. Our focuses are:
- fluency through sight word recognition
- comprehension through identification of character traits, cause and effect, sequencing, identification of word from contextual cues
- grammar such as singular/plural and opposites
Some of these names of activities will sound like mumbo jumbo. A lot of these are lakeshore resources (I have been lucky to get through donorschoose!). Here are the resources indicated:
Other activities listed:
- Singular/Plural worksheets from special learning station.
- I Like Myself read aloud and writing extension “What character traits do we like about ourselves?”
- Reading Cat in the Hat and make a list of the words that describe the cat. What good behavior does he do and what bad behavior does he do?
- Teacher read aloud of a Berstein Bears book and writing out the cause and effects. These books are always loaded with these!
- For the writing activities we will be using the Lakeshore flip book highlighted above as well as some other prompts that develop from the weekly activities.
The mid groups are students levels F-H. These students are more verbal and have more ‘group work’ behaviors than the lower groups. The focus for these students is reading with expressions (puncuation, dialogue, etc.) and comprehension. We are also working on adjectives and sustained academic attention (ie. working on the same book for several weeks!). In March we will be using the reading activities in these centers:
We will also be using these activities:
For the month of April we will be reading a Mercy Watson book. My coworker bought this awesome packet FULL of worksheets from Spedventures ($3 for 5 worksheets for each chapter- what a steal!). This activity will be great to work on sustained attention, long term memory, and work on all of our literacy skills (vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, fluency) in one unit!