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what to keep in your guided reading basket

Do you keep a basket of all your "teacher" things for your small groups in guided reading?  We all have a variety of items in our basket that help our reading groups run a little smoother.  We just don't have time to be looking for this or that when we should be teaching.

what to keep in your guided reading teacher's basket

Here you see my Anecdotal Records Notebook.  I will explain how to use that in a minute.  Also, you can see rings of sight word cards and letter cards.  Those help me with my records in the notebook.  Then there are a couple of mentor texts.  

mentor texts for in your guided reading teacher's basket

When you choose mentor texts for your basket, you have many things you can consider for what you might choose.  I want students to apply what they are reading and noticing the author doing in books over into their writing.  So some things to think about would be not just choosing books that have the comprehension skills and sight words that your students have learned, but also other examples the students can transfer when they write.  My students for some unknown reason will forget and forget to use ending punctuation.  Demonstrating to them how the author uses different punctuation and when can be of help rather than just telling them to remember to use periods and question marks.  


I like to do quick check-ins with the students in between assessing them.  Keeping rings of letters and sight words helps me do this quickly.  I can just pull out the ring I need and mark off in my anecdotal notebook what each student has learned.  


When I take running records, there is a lot of information that I like to keep from them.  The information helps me to know each student's needs and to plan better to help them progress.  So I keep notes on each student for this.  


Behaviors of each reading stage is another good thing to keep track of to help you plan lessons to better reach your students.  Each time you observe a student using the different reading stage behaviors, make a tally mark for it.  After 5 or 6 tally marks, you may decide the student has that skill and can plan for others.  Keeping track of phonemic awareness and phonics skills mastered in the same way is an easy way to keep it all managed and organized in a way that makes it usable.

what to keep in your guided reading teacher basket

I have a variety of other items in my basket.  Doesn't every teacher have lots of Post It notes?  I like all kinds of sizes of them.  You can see the larger one and regular size.  The small ones aren't showing.  Also, keeping pointers is a good idea for some students.  

Here is how you can use the word card frame to frame a word for the student.  

That's it!  Lots of items in my basket...but some I didn't really even talk about.  

There is just so much to guided reading and lots of information on each student to keep track of.  Do you keep an anecdotal notebook?  I have kept different kinds and have finally come up with one that works for everything I need.  You can click on any of the pictures or click here to see this notebook.

I would love to hear about your anecdotal records or what is in your guided reading teacher basket!








26 comments:

  1. I love this! It is very thoughtful. So nice to have everything organized and in one place! Tweeted!
    Literacy Minute

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandi! I appreciate the tweet!

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  2. Great post, Lori! I liked seeing how you use your anecdotal records. I like to keep my table pretty empty besides a bucket of pencils so we can spread out, but I have several baskets behind me- one for books, one for supplies, one for phonics...they are all in easy swivel or slide of my chair.

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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    1. Thanks Maria! I like my tables clear of everything too. Everything has to be close at hand though so I don't waste time looking for it. Fine line to balance sometimes. :)

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  3. I have a few baskets that I keep on a ledge behind my table. One has spiral notebooks divided by groups. One has the books that we are reading. Another one has supplies we will need.
    Barbara

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    1. Sounds like a great system of keeping your materials handy and organized, Barbara! We just don't have time to be hunting things down. :)

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  4. I'm working on vamping up my records and notes that I keep during guided reading. You're inspiring!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. I had to do that this year too, Tammy. I just wasn't completely satisfied with how I had been doing it. You know I like data so this is working for me!

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  5. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mrs T! It is new for me this year and I am liking it. :)

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  6. I love how you keep your anecdotal notes...I kept a timer, highlighting tape, highlighters, post it notes in a basket that was within reach! I also always have pencils that are related to the season. I've never seen students so happy about pencils in their life. They loved when I brought out new pencils :) One year I stocked up at Oriental Trading and I shall never run out :)

    Bridget
    Literacy Without Worksheets

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    1. Thank you so much, Bridget! I forgot to put my timer back in my basket for the photo! I must have my timer. I don't know what I would do without it. I like your idea of switching out the pencils with the seasons. It's the little things sometimes that the students love!

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  7. This is super helpful! Thanks so much for this great detailed post!! :) I just pinned this not once but twice!! :)

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I really appreciate the pins! Have a wonderful evening!

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  8. What a great post! I love all the time and detail you put into it! I have more of a guided reading bookshelf. It is home to all the group supplies we will need, my read alouds, reference materials, and I have a little section of smaller baskets that I use for my stuff.
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    1. Thank you so much, Courtney! I keep more stuff on a bookshelf too- the students' Reader's Notebooks, materials, books for the group, etc...I always seem to need more space for stuff! :) Glad you came by to visit!

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  9. I needed this to spur some inspiration. Honestly, my anecdotal notes are on just about anything I can find...sticky notes, scraps of paper :/ . Each year I say I am going to keep them on cute little sheets or in a binder and I never do. I am really going to give it a try for the second semester. You'd think after 23 years I'd be better at that, huh!! I do have a basket with the same things basically. I have some stamps and stickers as treats and a drawer type organizer for books and concept ideas for each group or strategy group!

    rene'

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    1. Rene' don't worry that you are still trying to find what works for you! This notebook is something new to me after trying several other methods that in some ways worked for me, but not quite like I wanted. I think most of us are always trying to improve our systems! So glad you came by to visit!

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  10. I love your basket! I have something similar that I use. I put everything into a crate with expandable file folders. A hanging supply zip-up file stores my sticky notes, finger lasers, word cards, etc. I also have a binder of graphic organizers so I can just pull and use them when I need to. I love your anecdotal notes pages...I may try something like that out!

    Meredith
    1, 2, Eyes On You!

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    1. Thank you Meredith! I love your idea of the hanging file to store extra supplies and the binder of graphic organizers! I think if we could, we would carry every supply we have with us. :)

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  11. I have a book but it's nothing like yours. I'm off to your store to check it out:)
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I hope you enjoy the notebook and that it helps you with your groups!

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  12. I do have a guided reading basket, but your seems much more involved that mine. I LOVE the idea of having some mentor texts in there, and I could really use to add some word frames. I keep my records in a binder.

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    1. I just started with the mentor texts in the basket. I heard about it at a reading presentation. Not sure why I hadn't thought of it before! Thank you for coming by to visit!

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  13. I'm overwhelmed with all you have in this basket. I'm wondering how you keep up with the logistics of it all. I travel between 2 buildings, providing interventions to K - 3, and I have 7 guided reading groups in one building and 6 in the other. I don't even know where to begin to set this all up. Any hints to make it easier or more manageable?

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    1. Wow, Deb! That is amazing that you have that many groups to keep up with. I can see where you would definitely be overwhelmed with adding this to your system. If you want to talk about your groups, email me at lv2813@aol.com. I would be happy to try to help!

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