Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guided Reading Plans

Well, I have to make an edit to yesterday's blog post. Today I'm not with my kids because we're having a


But I have to tell you, it is not a pretty kind of snow day. It is a bitterly cold, windy, wet, nasty snow day. I'll take whichever, but I'm certainly staying inside today :)

So what does any good teacher do with a snow day? Especially when the rest of her family is snoozapolzing? Well, I finished up lesson plans for the next five weeks. Our basal reading series goes in 5 week units, so I try to plan those five weeks at one time. Then I just have to make little tweaks when I get to that actual week. 

Last Saturday, I wrote about reading Teaching with Intention and how I was going to try to take one subject and really make an effort into the plans for that. I had mentioned Writing and Whole Group Reading, but I decided to really take a look at Guided Reading. 

I wrote out plans Guided Reading for all five weeks - well, I've done that before, but it's been bare bones. This time, I noted if I wanted to make a chart with the kids, if I wanted to divide up a story and have each kid summarize it, etc. 

Also, our district is moving toward Rigor and Relevance. I have to admit that I don't understand all of what the district is expecting from us, but one thing that has been talked about is questions we ask our students. 

Here is a link to the type of questions that our district wants us to start using with our kids. They really want us using Quadrant C and D questions. So I even made notes about questions I wanted to ask my students. 

So, for example, for one group, their Monday will look like this:

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Preview Story Thoroughly, discuss difficulties
Anticipation Guide
Make mini posters for each heading

This group's story for the week is about different groups that do weaving in different ways. So I've made a note to discuss difficult parts of the text. I'm also going to use an Anticipation Guide. These are kind of fun - my kids last year seemed to enjoy doing them. Go here for more about them. (Ha! Just realized that's also a link to my first blog post - a year and a day ago!) I'm also going to start little posters for each different group that the book talks about - Navajo, Asante, Maya, Maori. I'm hoping to have different kids fill in the posters and then talk about them to the small group.

I'm excited to see how this all works as I go through this unit. I'm hoping it helps me remember all those great ideas I thought of - and it holds me accountable for pushing my kids.

I am now done working! I'm going to go watch DVR things and consider cleaning the bathroom. Don't know how far I'll get with the 2nd - but the 1st is a certainty!  

Hope you've had a good day, too! Sara 


  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing your thought process and some good resources.

    We are going to have a snow day tomorrow! So excited. We did the "snow day dance" 4 times today, looks like it worked!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

    1. This Thursday morning, it is really coming down. I'm trying to enjoy myself. :)

  2. Wow, I'm so impressed that you have gotten 5 weeks of lesson plans finished ahead of time. Lesson Plans are my least favorite part of my week. We have a Snow Day today, but it's really just a bunch of sleet and ice, not so pretty, my first thought was get my lesson plans going. ;P
    I'm your newest follower.

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. I like to get my lesson plans out of the way - that's why I do the 5 at a time. Sounds like a bunch of people are getting a snow day today - that's a big yahoo! Thanks for following! Sara