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Guided Reading: Ways to Create Anchor Charts


Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures



Anchor charts help make the learning process visual for students.  There are all kinds of charts you can use and even more ways to create them.  Using anchor charts to teach students your expectations and procedures for guided reading is worth taking the time to do.  

Use Photographs

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures



One of the first anchor charts I create is how to sit on a Hokki Stool.  If you are using alternative seating, this is a big one to be sure and cover with students!  I  really like our Hokki Stools, but they can be a problem for students if they don't use them correctly.  I really don't want students landing in the floor and getting hurt!


Use Clip Art
Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

I like to plan ahead what I want my anchor charts to say.  That way I have clip art ready to use on them.  For me, it is easier to use some clip art than always draw if it is going to be an anchor chart that will stay up all year.  If it is a quick chart and we won't need it long, I can just draw for that.


Create the Chart with Students

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

For anchor charts to be effective, they MUST be created with the students.  If they are not, the students don't have as much or any ownership in them and will not refer to them and use the charts.  This is a bit tricky when you are creating a chart several times a day to different groups of students like I do.  So sometimes I create with one group, then fold the chart up and only reveal bits and pieces as we go with each group.  Otherwise, I would be creating the same chart over and over, but only need one to display.  

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

My book check out is needed with 4 different groups of students right now, more later.  I created it with one group and then covered and revealed with the other groups.  

Use a Dry Erase Easel 

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

Another way I create charts that more than one group will need is to use the dry erase board.  I create the chart with each group on the board, then later transfer the information to chart paper to go onto the wall.

Use Colors 

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

Using different colors to make each section easier to read is helpful for students to use the chart.  Also showing examples of what to do and what not to do makes it easier for students.  

Keep It Simple

Using Anchor Charts for Guided Reading Expectations and Procedures

For my students and I think for most students, keeping anchor charts simple and easy is important.  The more you stick on the chart, the more it can become clutter to the students and then not as usable or useful for them.  





Guided Reading: Resources

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

Guided Reading, a part of reading workshop, is being used by a large number of schools to provide a balanced and differentiated reading structure to students.  There are a lot of resources out there that a teacher can use.  Here are some of my favorites that I think are worth using!

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

If you are new to guided reading or just want to tweak your structure of guided reading then The Next Step in Guided Reading is something you will want to check out.  Jan Richardson provides the structure of how to run your groups in this book, plus ideas on what skills are needed for each level of reading.  She even provides lesson plan forms if you want to use them.  This is not a program, but a method of teaching guided reading which makes it great!  You decide based on what your students need on what to be teaching.

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

After I purchased The Next Step in Guided Reading, I decided that I needed this resource of guided reading in action.  This companion to The Next Step in Guided Reading has videos you can watch to see Jan Richardson teach in guided reading groups.  If you are like me, getting to see it in action is so helpful!

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

When Readers Struggle is a must have resource, especially if you are just starting out with guided reading or as a reading specialist.  This is a BIG book and is not a weekend read.  It is more of a go-to resource for specific teaching ideas on what to do when you have students struggling in reading or writing.  It isn't a cheap resource, so your school may want you to share it with other teachers.  But it is so valuable!

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

The Continuum of Literacy Learning is a good resource to have as you plan so you know what behaviors and understandings students will need at each level.

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

This is an example of what you would find in this resource.  They have recently updated this resource and now you can get it for grades K-8.

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

Our school has decided to implement The Daily 5 into our literacy block.  We are using this book for our book study.  It is a good book and shows you how to structure The Daily 5 so students develop independence and lifelong reading and writing habits.

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

My last resource that I have to share with you today is The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo.  This is another big book that is a bit more expensive than the others.  But this is a book FULL of strategies- 300 strategies, in fact!  Each strategy in the book has been cross-linked to genres, skills and reading levels.

Guided Reading Resources for Teachers

This is an example of what you can find in this resource.  I love the fact that Jennifer Serravallo included visuals.  Anchor charts, diagrams, photographs, etc...   Having the visuals are a huge help to being able to see how you could teach that strategy.

I hope you have found some guided reading resources that will help you as you teach your groups!  

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Guided Reading: Organization

how to organize your guided reading materials

How do you organize your guided reading materials?  Organization is definitely important so you can quickly grab the materials that you need quickly.   I like to have everything right by my guided reading small group tables.  I have a drawer cart and a table close by where I try to keep most of what I will need.

how to organize your guided reading materials


TEACHER MATERIALS:

My drawer cart is where I keep student materials.  I have two boxes of magnetic letters on top of my cart along with an iPad.  I use a lot of magnetic letters!

use an iPad to keep anecdotal records with Notability app

I explained how I use an iPad to keep my running records and anecdotal records in my last post.  If you missed it, you can read it here

how to organize your guided reading materials

The top of my table is full!  I really could use one just a little bit bigger.  Fly Guy is a favorite of my students so he sits there keeping us company!  I keep a big bottle of Germ X to keep those sometimes grimy or slobbery little hands from dirtying up the books.  I keep the stylus pens by my basket instead of in the student material baskets so the tips don't get broken off of the ends.  I really like the 3 drawer boxes.  I could really use them in a lot of different places! 

how to organize your guided reading materials

I have guided reading groups from kindergarten, first grade, and second grade along with my RtI groups.  This means having a lot of different materials and trying to find ways to make them work across grade levels so I don't have so many materials to keep track of.  For me, less is more!  The pom poms are for marking sounds on linking charts and for phonemic awareness activities.  Sometimes I use them along with the paint strips to push the sounds into the boxes.  

how to organize your guided reading materials

Each grade and each RtI group has a drawer in my drawer cart.  Inside the drawers (which surprisingly hold quite a few things), I keep group materials.  So when a group comes in for guided reading, I can just pull their drawer and have what I need for them.  In this drawer, I keep sight word folders, that week's shared reading book and read aloud, plus the set of books the group will be reading.  You can read about the sight word folders here.  

STUDENT MATERIALS

how to organize your guided reading materials

I keep a little basket for each student on my tables that have most everything they will need for our lessons.  



how to organize your guided reading materials

This is a better look at what all we keep in our baskets.   The paint strips are for stretching words and hearing sounds when we are writing and for phonemic awareness activities.  We also keep reading strategy bookmarks to remind us what we can do to help us in tricky parts.  I use different colors of plastic cups for magnetic letters.  One color for first grade and one for second grade.


how to organize your guided reading materials

I found these cups at Dollar General.  I went in looking for something different and ended up with these.  I think they are going to work fine.


how to organize your guided reading materials

One more important part of our student materials is the reader's notebook.  I really like having the sections tabbed to make it easier for students to find where they need to be.  We keep a LOT of learning in our notebooks!



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