After talking about guided reading strategies with a fellow teacher we started to discuss a concept and now I'm looking for more insight. To put it simply, we are curious.... if a 5th grade teacher has a group of students reading a level M book (thus they're well below grade level).... and a 3rd grade teacher has a group of students also reading a level M book (thus they're on grade level).... to what extent will the lessons for that book be the same? In what ways would they differ? Why? Here's how the conversation went down... 5th grade teacher has a group reading level M books. Because they are well below grade level she finds it very important to listen to students read to identify patterns in their accuracy/fluency as well as frequently check for understanding through retells and quick questioning. Her rationale is that they are below grade level so she needs to really be diagnostic and responsive over their strategies so she can move them forward. In the contrary, with her at/above level readers she typically will have them read more chunks of the text on their own... work on a written response to a deep question... meet back together to discuss and dig deep with that question. She's not listening to their reading as often, she's not doing retells as often, she's not asking quick little "check for understanding" questions as often either. Now, if you're a 3rd grade teacher.... and you used the same M book as the 5th grade teacher.... would the lesson be approached in the same way? Or does it change because for the 3rd grade, this text is now considered AT reading level?