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Old 03-20-2006, 07:28 PM
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Guided Reading for 2nd grade

I went to a workshop on Guided Reading that we will be piloting next year in my district. I was wondering what kinds of techniques and strategies you use in your classroom for the Guided Reading Groups and the other groups that are at their desks.

I will be working in an inclusion classroom. So should the regular education teacher take one group while the special education takes another group since they are suppose to be no more than 6 students in a group.

I would like to start brainstorming ideas for next year for myself since I do not know whom I am going to be working with.

Thanks for your help.

 
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Old 03-21-2006, 06:24 PM
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I make a contract for the stories my groups are reading. I have been using Reading-Z books with my groups. So when I make copies of the books I have a schedule for each group. For example:

11:15-11:35
Monday- Green
Looking at the cover of the book make a prediction about what you are going to read. Why did you make that predition?
Silently read the story
Determine the author's message of the story.

While my green group is working on their book exploration my next group might be doing the following:

11:15-11:35
Monday-Red
Read with the teacher.
After reading with the teacher, highlight (whatever skill I am working on during the week) long a words within the story.

I make a schedule for each group. I have 3 groups working at the same time and I meet with them daily. So I have a scheduled time chart on the back of their readers. It seems like a lot of work but they have routines that they follow each week. So they understand not in interrupt my reading group. If you have 2 people in the room, you only have to make up 2 routines per day. I know that this sounds really hard but I love having the students work on something within the text that we are working on and that I am not just giving them busy work while I work with the other groups. We always have time to review the skills that they did during their routines and I check over them right there. So at the end I don't have a ton of grading. Hope this is helpful!
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Old 03-21-2006, 06:59 PM
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guided reading

I begin the year by doing a running record with each child to determine his/her reading level. I use the Rigby PM Benchmark Assessment kit.

Different companies use different leveling systems; the books in our book room are all leveled according to Fountas/Pennel. There are level correlation sites on the internet, so if I order from a company that doesn't use the F/P system, I can find the correlating F/P level.

After I have a reading level for each child, I put them in groups of six or fewer based on reading levels. The groups are flexible and change often throughout the year.

Each of my students has a browsing box. I found some great plastic baskets for 50 cents at a discount store. The kids put the books they've read in their guided reading groups in their browsing boxes; they read them for familiar reading at the beginning of their group and during silent reading time.

I've collected a good supply of single copies of books at various levels, so at the beginning of the year I give each student three or four books a couple levels below their instructional levels to start their browsing boxes.

Since you and another teacher will be in the classroom, I'd think you'd each take a group.

My district is very fortunate to have two parapros who are trained to do guided reading. Our Title teacher also takes a group, so there are four adults trained in guided reading (including myself) in my room for 30 minutes every day; each teacher takes one group.

We rotate groups every month. I have a 30 minute silent reading slot every day, so I can listen to each child read twice a week. I use information I glean from listening to children read, info provided by the teacher who's working with a group, and formal running records (every 9 weeks) to switch children to different groups or move a group to a new level.

When I started doing guided reading, I had to do all the groups myself; I had four groups. The groups didn't match exactly (for instance, I had one group that had kids at levels A and B, one with D and F, etc.), but I couldn't do more than four groups.

I scheduled an hour a day for guided reading and saw three groups a day for 20 mins. I saw the two lower groups every day, the next highest group M, W, F, and the lowest group Tues, Thurs. That was definitely not the best scenario, but at the time it was the best I could do...and it was a start .

Students who weren't working with me read independently for 10 mins, partner read for 10 mins, and did a center for 20 mins. The kids who didn't have guided reading (because of being in a higher group) did two centers.

I spent a month teaching the kids how to do the centers before I started doing guided reading groups. I didn't have a teaching assistant or any parent volunteers to supervise/help with centers, so the kids had to be very independent.

If you'd like to know more about the centers I did, I'd be happy to share that information...please PM me if interested. I have some books at school that have been very helpful in developing the centers; I can share the titles with you, if you'd like.

Are you using a Guided Reading program (Wright Group, Rigby, etc.), or will you order books from various publishers? Just curious.

I hope this helps. I'm excited to read about how other teachers run their groups, centers, etc. This is a great place to learn and exchange ideas.
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:41 PM
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Have you received the book Guided Reading by Fountas and Pinnell? This is an excellent resource for any techer who is just starting out in Guided Reading.
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Old 03-24-2006, 01:55 PM
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Thank you so much for your information. This is very helpful for a start. We are using a Guided Reading program from the presenter Martha Southall. It was presented through the BER. I am not exactly sure what materials or items we will be using yet. The principal and reading specialist have not told us yet. It is still up in the air.

I think we will be ordering a variety of trade books, but like I said I do not know all the details yet. We shall see.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:39 AM
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Literacy Centers

I was just reading through some connected posts to another one and saw this. If you are starting Guided Reading in the fall, you should take some time to carefully consider what the other kids are doing while you are meeting with small groups. It isn't hard to teach a group of 5-6 kids, it is hard to manage the other kids. We worked very hard on our centers, but our campus looked at different purchase options this year so we could have consistency with our centers next year. We thought this might cut down on the time we have to spend "training " the kids at the beginning of the school year.

We finally agreed on a product from All Children Can Learn called Literacy Centers for Independent Practice.

In addition to looking at these materials, you should read as much as you can from the books mentioned in previous posts. The Fountas and Pinnell book was our guide and we still go back to it often.

Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2006, 05:55 PM
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Silly question- but I am not teaching at the moment, so excuse me. In the beginning of the year, these assessments that you speak of .... are they just informal? does the school provide them? I am so overwhelmed just thinking about figuring out how to do this
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Old 06-04-2006, 12:40 AM
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Our school has the Rigby assessment provided for the teachers to use. We're also using DIBELS. We have - to accomodate five or six first-grade and second-grade classrooms - the assistant principal, reading recovery teachers, our literacy coach, and a building aide helping teachers to do these because they are so time consuming and plus the time it takes to assess the results of the child.
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Old 06-04-2006, 07:50 AM
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We have to give our own Rigby tests by ourselves - no help. We share a Rigby kit between 2 to 3 teachers.
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:11 AM
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ugggghhh Proud- I am so afraid of chaos... you must be an excellent planner though. How long does it take to assess your class?
 

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