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Old 10-07-2009, 07:20 PM
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Names for Guided Groups

Do you name your guided reading groups? I have five groups and I want to come up with creative names for them. Any ideas? Last year, I color coded them. This year, I want to use creative names for the groups. Thanks
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:44 PM
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I let my kids name their groups... I tell them to think of things they like or things that relate to reading and to make sure they keep it appropriate... I have names like Secret Readers, Mystery Readers, and Junie B Jones and the Skydiving Bunnies. They are all very cute and the kids love hearing their group name called...
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:32 AM
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I was going to suggest the same thing as Just_Beginning, to let each group choose their own name. This gives them some ownership and they get to have some fun with group bonding time to decide on their name.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:02 AM
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I dont name mine, mainly because groups change as the needs of the kids change.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:42 PM
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i named mine after a few of the peanuts characters. the kids loved it!
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:48 PM
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Mine are colors. The red team, blue team, etc.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:04 PM
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I let my kids name their groups... I tell them to think of things they like or things that relate to reading and to make sure they keep it appropriate... I have names like Secret Readers, Mystery Readers, and Junie B Jones and the Skydiving Bunnies. They are all very cute and the kids love hearing their group name called...
I do this, too, but I tell them to be funny. They really love it, and I find a strange picture for their "Where is my Group?" chart.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:25 PM
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The woman I will be LTSing for named hers after the characters in Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle...so Purple Cats, Brown Bears, Red Birds.

But the Red Birds reminds me of when I was little...and the Sparrows were always the dumb group. The teachers also called them the Robins, Blue Birds, Cardinals, and...duh duh DUH...the Sparrows.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:46 PM
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Our small reading groups are for approaching, on-level (also called middle for the purpose of naming groups), beyond, and really beyond (for the 2 super high kids). We use non-traditional animal names to name the groups so the kids don't know what level they are in.

Approaching = Aardvark
On=Level/Middle = Mongoose (or Mongeeses I guess)
Beyond - Beavers
Really Beyond - Badgers
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:49 PM
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I don't name my groups... I guess I was always told about the "blue birds, red birds" thing and how stigmatized kids feel. My groupings are pretty flexible and I read with different kids sometimes, or combine groups to work on a specific skill, rather than have a set group.

I just call the 4-5 kids by their names to come to me. Since I do more of a daily 5 type system, the rest of the class doesn't rotate or anything, so it's pretty simple.
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