Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Guided Reading Groups

Time for Workshop Wednesday with Jivey!
Today's topic is Guided Reading Groups.

To organize myself, I have a binder (I'm a binder-ho....are you surprised? ;) :
See more about my binder here
The binder is tabbed for different sections.

When I made the binder, I thought I would have 4 groups, but I really only have two tabs go unused.

Behind the tabs, I have their anecdotal recording sheets for each student in the group.
These hold the small post-its...I got it from Guided Reading:Making It Work

One child's sheet:

I tend to write in cursive (I'm faster this way), as well as dating each note. I tend to write my observations, how their tone is, expression, if they're running through periods, etc.  We're focusing more on reading with fluency and expression, so I take notes on those things.

Since I only have two groups, I alternate days when I see them (I spend the first 1/2 of their 'free choice' going through the grade level material with my LD kids-helping them with the reading so they can focus on the strategy of the week).

Right now, we are both finishing up chapter books, so they had some extra time to read the chapters I assigned, as well as answering the comprehension questions. Sooooo, I kind of play it by ear and don't plan see what each group needs to focus on that day.

We formed our groups by using their MAP scores at the beginning of the year. LBD (Literacy By Design...our reading series), has benchmark books-but only one per level.

I benchmark my students at least once a quarter, more if I think they are ready to move.

I have their names on little stickies (a little post-it cut in half), they I move through my folder
Idea from The Teaching Thief

This way, I have a simple, easy to carry folder that lets me know where my kids are at a glance. I have another binder (surprise! ;) that holds their benchmark tests, end of unit tests and MAP graphs.

I tend to leave everything I need stacked together on the back table (where I meet with my fun horseshoe table for me....of course, I can just swivel my chair around and 'walk' it backward to the table :)

My stack...all ready to go!

How go do Guided Reading?  Link up with Jivey!!

Monday's Outfit
Sweater & Pants: JCP
Shirt: NY & Co
Tank: Target
Shoes: DSW

Tuesday's Outfit

Sweater & Tank: Target
Shirt: Kohls
Pants: NY & Co
Shoes: Payless

It's starting to warm up...thank you Spring!!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Love the sticky note anecdotes! Probably cheaper than my labels, but I still love the labels bc they are pre-written for what I want to look for. :-P thanks for linking up!
    ideas by jivey

  2. I love the way you keep track of their "levels" in the folder-very creative! Thanks for sharing:)


  3. I like the folder with the stickies for their levels so then you can move them around once you benchmark them! I need to do that! Thanks for sharing!

    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Love your system! I, too, am addicted to binders. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I use binders too! Once you have them organized the way you want them, it's so easy!


  6. Hello! I found you through the linky party and have just become your latest follower :) I've only just this year caught onto the greatness that is binders haha! I completely re-vamped my reading program this year and LOVE my reading binder.

    I do however need to adopt the post it note way of recording formative assessment. Once I've done my planning for next week that's exactly what I'm going to do!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem


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