I am hosting chapter 5 Transitional Guided Reading. As a first grade teacher I love this chapter because it takes us into the nitty gritty of teaching reading past the beginning stages!
Dr. Jan pulls out 5 strategy focus areas that are most important for transitional readers. I love how she took each area and broke it down. I decided to make
these “cheat sheets” to help me remember what to focus on! If you click
any of them you can get all of them as a download. Dr. Jan has an
assessment piece in the book as well as sample reading lesson plan
And I also love a good excuse to talk about teaching materials! These are the key materials that Jan recommends for your transitional guided reading lessons.
Although I have been teaching reading to first graders for 11 years, I will never say I have fully mastered all that there is to know. I think being open to new ideas, strategies, and techniques is so important when trying to teach reading effectively for all students.
I know from experience that it can be easy to get into that guided reading rut. All readers are not the same and our lessons need to change as our reader’s capabilities change. Jan’s book does an amazing job of laying out how to change your focus and the time allotments for your different skills. I have enjoyed being a part of this book study!
Below I am sharing some of my reading units. At the bottom you will find a bundle of all 6 of these units for a discounted price.
The first unit is K-1 reading focus charts. You can focus your instruction by displaying these charts for both you and your students. It will help your students see a visual of what skill you are working on in your whole group and small group lessons.
Not sure how to start your reading instruction? This is just the pack to get you going!
This packet is just what the doctor ordered for those transitional readers! It goes beyond the beginning! The next next 3 slides are all the same unit.
An important component of any reading program is sight words. The next two slides show my sight word tracking system. This is also how I collect some of my RTI data for my struggling kids. I also extend this by letting my students glue their mastered sight word stars into their journals. They love to read their journal of sight words!
For student practice, these are customizable sight word centers! These games are fun because students can’t get enough of pulling the sticks out of the can! These activities provide center practice while I am pulling a guided reading group.You just put the words on the sticks that your students need to work on and you are ready to go!
And finally, these are my tried and true reading response pages. We begin by doing these as whole group responses to read alouds, but as my students become better readers and writers, they are able to complete these independently.
So there you have it! I hope this chapter of the book study has provided some important information on your journey to teaching reading effectively!