Guided reading for 1st grade

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    I am new to 1st grade this year. I was very nervous but found out I actually am loving it! We have done a lot of reviewing so far. I am going to be starting literacy centers soon--love that idea! I am very confused on how to run guided reading groups. I am planning on grouping the students by levels according to how they read. How do I meet the standards expected of me for each group if they are not at the same level? I plan to do literacy centers/guided reading for an hour, is that enough time? Should I do centers every day? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for your help!
     
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    First step is to level your books and organize your library. Leveling books.
    www.renlearn.com AR click on quizzes. In the blank type in author or use the arrow button and go to author and type in author. Tells the points the books is forth, grade level and etc.
    This an excellent site, also…. http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/default.asp?

    http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001316.shtml

    http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/

    there is a sizeable list of leveled readers and trade books at www.arliteracymodel.com

    http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/

    http://registration.beavton.k12.or.us/lbdb/

    All AR books are kept together and other books are together along the other wall. First and Second grade room books are kept in plastic baskets. 3rd , 4th, 5tth, 6th and etc are on shelves. In the reading room K or emergent readers and first, second and third levels are kept in baskets and others on shelves. There are only AR books in the reading room. We have a reading room and reading teacher, she gives extra reading help. This is like a library. Students Star test in the reading room (4 computers) and in their classrooms. All the classrooms have three or four computers. AR dots. Green=1.0 to 1.5, Blue 1.6 to 2.0, Red 2..1 to 2.5, Yellow 2.6 to 3.0, Orange 3.1 to 4.0, I can’t remember until I go back to school the other colors. We use the same colors for all classrooms for that level. Reading room, LD room and classrooms all have the same color for the same level. All books have the wrap around AR label with the book number, level and points it is worth. And the dot is just above this label along the edge, so you can see the level at a quick glance. Use clear shipping tape to cover and protect the labels. And keep the dots from popping off. *****buy the wrap around labels at the AR site. www.renlearn.com 3 ¾ by 1 ½ , click on On Line Store---yellow spot, the green box, next click on reading, next click on AR and go down to the AR Handwritten book labels, Pack of 100……
    *******If you have lots of books than divide the levels into more baskets. And this will depend on how many books you have for each subject. Mice, Earth, Birthday, Jobs, Christmas, Filmstrip, Fairy Tales, Curious George, Bears, Eggs, Mystery, Dinosaurs and Monsters, Animals, Cats and Dogs, Holidays, Eric Carle, (Clifford, Amelia Bedilla, Arthur) Birds, Horses, Pond, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Rain forest, and etc…..
    Each classroom has a library.... We have lots of books in each room, with all levels. You can get books cheap at flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops, Salvation Army shops, send a note home if anybody is cleaning and have books they are no longer using you would love to have them to put in your classroom library and you will put a label on the book on the inside cover donated by the family or student. Have them save BoxTops for Education and buy books and reading supplies. Box Tops for Education. sponsored by General Mills. Clip and save Box Tops for Education from General Mills foods cereal and etc. You earn ten cents for each token found on the boxes and cans. http://www.boxtops4education.com/ You might want to check it out. Our school collects the boxtops for education tokens. They send you money. Make this a class project. Our school has a large dorm refrigerator in each elementary classroom from this project and we get library books, and whatever we want. Get your students, parents, grandparents and etc involved. Tell them your earning money for a refrigerator, books or whatever.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I do need to level my books. This will also help with the messy library. Thanks again for your ideas!
     
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    At one school I have worked at literacy blocks are 90 mins long. They use the Four Block system. In the new school I work at the blocks are only 60 mins long, they use Addison and Wesley Guided reading. I love four blocks.
    http://www.debfourblocks.com/
     

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