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Kindergarten Guided Reading

Do you ever wonder what other teacher's guided reading plans look like?  Ever think you would like to change up and improve on yours, but not sure how?  Jen, over at The Teacher's Cauldron, is having a linky party that will help you out!

It seems like every year I am tinkering with my lesson plan forms.  I am always trying to improve it and make it work better for me.  I feel very constricted with my 30 minute time frame and trying to get EVERYTHING covered that my struggling readers are missing.  

Guided Reading Lesson Plan Template
First Grade Guided Reading

I used the big lesson plan book that the school provided for years and years.  Then I tried several times to move to planning on the computer.  But it just wasn't working for me.  So I would go back to the good ole standby that I've always used.  

But this year I think I have finally found something that will work for me!  I am using a modified version of Jan Richardson's The Next Step in Guided Reading with some 4 BLocks flavor thrown in!

The Next Step in Guided Reading
4 Blocks

When I taught in the classroom, I absolutely loved the 4 Blocks framework.  Once our whole building was using 4 Blocks our state test scores took off and we won lots of awards.  But then I moved out of the classroom and needed to modify things a bit to fit the time frame and the kids I was now servicing.  Combining these two is finally going to allow me to do what I feel I need to do. 

Second Grade lesson plan template
Second Grade Guided Reading

This form allows me to cover phonemic awareness/phonics and comprehension by giving them 2 full time slots per week.  Tuesday/Wednesday will be more like a regular guided reading lesson plan and then on Fridays most students will be reading books on their independent level and conferencing/running records with me.  

Guided Reading Lesson plan template
Third Grade Guided Reading

Click on Jen's guided reading button at the top of my post and check out the other great ways teachers are writing their plans and link up your plans too!!


  1. Could you come teach my guided reading groups? :) Just kidding, but your plans look absolutely wonderful.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I'm glad you posted about jan richardson...Our school is pretty much following her format to a "t" and I believe we need to fit in some phonics in first grade so I started tweaking my plans. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Your plan looks awesome! Mine is pretty simple, but it works: 5 min word work, picture walk, read, discuss story, review tricky parts. Oh, and I usually try to do one running record from each group.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  4. thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Liz at

  5. Thank you Tammy! And I am really sure you do not need any help teaching reading! :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. Thank you Sarah! I really like Jan Richardson's book. But I always tend to make things fit my students and our situation. :)

  7. Thank you Barbara! I like simple plans and ones that work for us! :)

  8. Thank you Liz! Glad you came by!

  9. Great looking plan sheets! What does your Wed/Thurs for Kdg say? I think it says that you do a letter review on those days? Do you do any review of sight words that they learn in class?

  10. Thank you Lee Ann! It says Letter Activity, Letter formation, Working with Names, Working with Sounds, Working with Books, and interactive cut up sentence. My kinders are not yet ready for sight words. My plan form will change when they are ready for that. Right now they need LOTS of phonemic awareness and letters. :)

  11. I totally agree,they need a lot of letter recognition at this point. I haven't yet begun to work with my kinder kiddos in small group, but am working in the classroom with them. They've learned 2 letters, 2 sight words, and 3 color words in class so far, and they don't know them. I think I have my work cut out for me this year!

  12. Do you have a place that I can download your lesson plan template?

  13. Amber, email me which grade level you are wanting. The plans are on my computer at school. I can send it to you. I am always changing the templates and tweaking them to try to make them better so I keep it at school. :)


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