Guided Reading Books available in printable and digital format for K/1. Leveled readers with lesson plans, running records, word work activities, and more!
Guided Reading Books
Small-group guided reading is our time to truly work closely with students in the hopes of creating fluent readers. Students work on high-frequency words, establish reading strategies, and write sentences, all while becoming confident readers. However, sometimes our resources are limited. The biggest problem we seem to face… our schools are unable to provide enough leveled texts. So, we created leveled readers that were written with the Fountas and Pinnell text structure guidelines in mind. And now, they are becoming available in digital format!
I wanted to take some time to review our lesson plan that comes with each of our guided reading books. Throughout 2 days, students will be introduced to a book, practice a strategy, and respond through guided writing.
High Frequency Words
If you don’t have cookie sheets with magnetic letters, I highly recommend getting some! It makes organizing your small-group practice so much easier.
Start by introducing the sight word by building the word on the cookie sheet. You might say something like this, “This word is can.” Point to each letter and say the letter name, “c – a – n, can.” You can then practice mixing it up and fixing it or removing a letter and having students find which one is missing.
Lastly, have students write the word from memory. If you see them making an error, correct them quickly. Since they are working on muscle memory, you don’t want them to write the word incorrectly.
Reading Strategy Focus
Determine which strategy you want your students to focus on. For pre-readers and beginning readers, focus on Pointer Pup, Eagle Eye, Lips the Fish, and Stretchy Snake. As students become stronger readers, they move onto Chunky Monkey, Flippy Dolphin, Skippy Frog, and Tryin Lion.
To learn more about the reading strategies and activities you can do to build those skills, check out this video.
Introduce the story to your group. Have students complete a picture walk through the text. Depending on the reading level, you may want to read the first few pages together to establish the sentence pattern. For Pre-A and A groups, the first read may be done as a choral read.
Check out these digital leveled readers! I am so excited about them!!
After reading the text, talk about some things that were in the story. You could discuss any connections that were made, as well.
The word work is planned out for each story. For beginning levels, students may practice sorting by beginning sound whereas, later in the year you may be practicing short and long vowels.
Students unscramble the sentence and glue it correctly on their paper or in a notebook. They also illustrate the sentence. Then, students compose their own sentence using the same sentence pattern.
Students respond to a prompt using the same sentence pattern as the book or show their comprehension of the text.
Take a look at all we have to offer in the world of guided reading!
- Guided Reading Bundle: Leveled Readers AA-G
- Guided Reading Bundle SET 2: Leveled Readers AA-G
- The Little Red Hen Guided Reading Levels AA-J
Do you have some questions about teaching guided reading in your classroom? Check out this blog post with some great information: