Guided Reading Lesson Plan template and free download. Reading levels in kindergarten and first grade to create guided reading lesson plans with free books!
Are you wanting to master guided reading, but feel a wee bit overwhelmed? I get it! Guided Reading is just one more thing you have on your plate.. or do you? Are you currently conducting guided reading lessons in your classroom? I am sometimes surprised to hear that some emergent classrooms do not. Don’t worry… we’ve got this!
What is Guided Reading?
Let’s start with the various balanced literacy approaches.
Read-alouds are when the teacher does the reading work and the students do the thinking work. This is done as part of a whole group instructional time. The text that is selected is above the students’ reading level. This is an opportunity to work on reading comprehension skills. The teacher models fluent reading and guides the students towards a deeper understanding of the text. We use our Close Reading/Guiding Readers units for read-aloud instruction.
This is also done as a whole group activity. The text is usually selected on grade level, but can also be slightly above grade level. The teacher and the students read the text together. This is an opportunity to work on early reading skills and comprehension.
Yay! We made it to guided reading. Guided reading is done as part of a small group (4-6 students). The text is selected based on the students’ instructional reading level. The students read the book independently while the teacher supports the students and coaches them towards success. This is where true differentiation takes place!
Guided Reading Lesson Plans: How do I know what their Guided Reading instructional level is?
Students’ instructional level is determined by a few things. We start the year off by looking at what the students know. If they do not know any sounds or have little understanding of print, an AA level text is perfect for them. Kindergarten reading levels can range from AA reader to an E or higher!
As the year progresses, we use running records to help focus our instruction.
Organizing for Guided Reading
I like to keep my sets in binders by level.
Inside I have all the materials I am going to need to use.
Sound boxes are a great way to segment words.
Students then can transfer this skill to sounds when they are ready.
I also keep all of the sorting activities in the binder. When they are at your fingertips, you are ready to teach in a flash!
I also keep all of the books in the binder.
And the lesson plans that are needed to teach the lesson. You can click in the box below to grab FREE lesson plan template. This is Day 1 with a book.
Here is Day 2. I use the same book over two instructional days.
What else goes in these guided reading binders?
All of the guided reading books!!!!
Each binder has 3 fiction and 3 informational texts.
We also keep the writing we do at our small group table in this binder.
Learn More about Guided Reading
You can read more about the 2 Day Guided Reading Plan over on Deedee’s blog by clicking:
Or read more on my blog by clicking:
You can see all of our Leveled Text sets:
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