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Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by bina1357, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. bina1357

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    Sep 23, 2007

    Hi everyone,

    I am writing a grant for books. I teach 4th grade & I'm doing Guided Reading. I was wondering what kinds of books you might use during Guided Reading. Where would I go to purchase them? How do I level my kids to those books? Do I have to use chapter boooks?

    Thanks for the help!!
     
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  3. mrs100

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    Wow. Those are loaded questions. I'll just tell you how my school does it, but there are so many ways to run it. To start the year, we give our students an assessment called the Rigby Benchmark. That gives us a level to start them on. Basically we want them to have 95% fluency and 75% comprehension. Then, we can group them into four or five groups. You could do a few chapter books, but it is quite easy to find some good nonfiction and fiction texts that are shorter. Sometimes it's easier to keep them focused on shorter texts. We use a great set by Safari that are packed with all kind of articles. You can also buy sets from Scholastic. Here's a great site for those: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/guidedreading/nonfiction.htm
    You can also go to any of these to find great sets of leveled readers:
    http://www.leveledreader.com/
    http://mcgraw-hill.co.uk/kingscourt/litcoreemergent.htm
    http://www.kidsbooks4less.com/readingsets.htm
    http://www.songlakebooks.com/
    Like I said, I wouldn't use chapter books too often. You can do literature circles with them, but I would stick to shorter books for guided reading. Even when I taught fifth, I only used shorter ones. Just some ideas!
     
  4. 1stYearTeacher

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    I would also suggest you look into ordering some short informational articles and other similar things. There are many leveled non-fiction articles out there that are wonderful to use. This is also a great way to help prepare students for state tests (..in my area at least).
     

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