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Using Miniature Anchor Charts at the Guided Reading Table

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts

I've got some tips today for how to help students use miniature anchor charts at the guided reading table to strengthen and build upon their reading goals and skills they need to improve!

We all make anchor charts with our students for reading.  Sometimes, students need a quick reminder of the skills when they are at the guided reading table or we want student pairs to work together on skills covered in an anchor chart.  But full size anchor charts can be expensive, they are too big for the guided reading table, and sometimes it's a good idea for students to make their miniature anchor chart! Some of the the links below may be referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. 

Use Different Sizes of Paper for Anchor Charts

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts

There are all kinds of chart papers you can use that are smaller in size and easier to manage at the guided reading table.  Some are useful for the teacher to sketch out part of an existing anchor chart that you see students need a quick reminder about.  Sketch pads with flip styles are great for this!

Phonics Anchor Chart for Decoding Skills

If you have done a phonics anchor chart for decoding words in a whole group lesson, but then see that one of your groups needs a reminder of this skill you can do a miniature chart at your guided reading table with a small flip chart type.

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts

This is a handy little chart pad that flips easily so you can go back to previous charts you've made at the table to recycle using them when needed! You can find these smaller spiral notebooks if you click here.

Have Students Work In Pairs to Create Anchor Charts

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts Problem and Solution

My students this year LOVED finding problems and solutions in the stories they were reading during independent reading time.  We did an anchor chart together, then they used their Independent Reading Tool Kits (read about that post here) to record the problems and solutions that they found when reading.  They used a LOT of Post It Notes.  A better solution is having the students, when reading in pairs, use a miniature sketch pad.

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts Problem and Solution

Get some cheap sketch pads for students to create anchor charts together rather than using your expensive full size chart paper.  Students can use one page for several ideas and the paper will last longer! You can find sketch pads like this one by clicking here.

Use Interactive Notebooks for Anchor Charts

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts in interactive reader's notebooks My Reading Goals

Have students record their Goals for Reading in their Interactive Reading Notebooks!  This helps students to take ownership of their goals and learning.  You can use different forms or students can design their own charts.



 Find & Use Cheap Pads of Paper


Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts

When you find good deals on pads of list making paper, buy a few!  The cheaper the pads of paper the better since students use them up so quickly. Kids love these and you can find all kinds of them for pretty cheap.  Switching out to different kinds of designs will keep it interesting for the students too.  Once they create an anchor chart they can then glue it into their Interactive Reader's Notebook to refer back too.  No need for each student to have their own pad.  

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts

Have you ever bought your students those tiny spiral notebooks to jot thoughts about reading into?  They are small, cheap and fun for students to use.  They can be slipped into the front pocket of a binder if students use Interactive Notebooks.

Store Chart Pads in Small Containers at the Table

Tips for Creating Miniature Guided Reading Anchor Charts Storing Anchor Charts

Gather all the smaller pads and chart tablets, put them into a small plastic container with some markers and your miniature anchor chart station is ready to use!  Keep it on or close to your guided reading table so it is handy for you and your students. Using miniature anchor charts at the guided reading table enhances learning and can be very engaging for students!  


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Top 4 Must Read Books for Teachers

Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers

Are you curious about what the top must read books are for teachers this summer?  I've got 4 great teacher book picks for you that will help you with your literacy instruction, organize your classroom library and promote books to students, develop reading fluency and help you with RTI reading interventions!  Wow, that is a lot of good stuff!

Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers

I call it my Teacher Stack!  I choose a few books every summer to read and study with the hopes of improving my teaching and taking my students to the next level in their reading skills. Some of the the links below may be referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. 

Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers From Striving to Thriving


Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers From Striving to Thriving

From Striving to Thriving is about growing confident, capable readers through experiences with appealing books.  This book has lots of great ideas on how to build engagement with books so students will increase the volume of reading.  There are many pictures as examples of how to design spaces in classrooms, examples of anchor charts, and ways to get kids excited about books by displaying, reading aloud and holding book talks!

I am excited to use the ideas in this book to get my students excited and to build life long readers by cultivating their curiosity and natural wonderings with highly engaging texts!
Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers It's All About the Books


Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers It's All About the Books

I feel like this book, It's All About the Books, will make a good companion to From Striving to Thriving.  This one gives you ideas on how to create bookrooms and classroom libraries to inspire your readers to read and love all kinds of books.  It will help you to support student choice in book selections and support instructional goals. 

I can't wait to put into place some of the ideas to take my classroom library to the next level for my students!  All the colorful pictures of classroom libraries and bookrooms are very helpful.


Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers Reading Success for All Students


Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers Reading Success for All Students

I learned about Reading Success for All Students during a conference on dyslexia.  Our state is rolling out some new mandates on how to screen and help students who have the markers of possibly having dyslexia.  There are all kinds of  word lists that could be used for RTI assessments.  How to use the assessments, how the skills correlate to the common core, ideas for teaching, etc... are included. 

This book will be getting a lot of use for our RTI interventions.  I like all the different assessments included and ideas for helping students who are still struggling with the skills.

Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers The Megabook of Fluency


Teacher Book Stack Must Read Books for Teachers The Megabook of Fluency

I have been so excited about this book, The Megabook of Fluency, since I saw that Timothy Rasinski had come out with another fluency book.  Rasinski is the guru of fluency and his ideas really work.  This latest book of his not only includes all these ideas, but it also includes how to use the ideas AND it includes different kinds of texts to use with the ideas!  No hunting down texts to use- he has included it in the book.

This book will get a lot of use with my reading interventions groups along with my guided reading small groups.  Lots of great ideas that could be used for shared reading.


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End of the School Year Activities

End of the Year Student Gifts and Activities

I know there are a lot of you teachers still in school and are looking for some fun end of the year activities and summer time ideas.  We've got some great ways to end your year and send your students off into summer! And a cute end  of the year student gift idea too!

End of the Year Student Gifts, activities and book list

One sure way to get students thinking about the end of the school year of course is by reading great books!  Some of the the links below may be referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Here are some fun titles to add to your collection:



End of the Year activities, ideas and student gifts

Instead of a traditional memory book have students make a flip book to record their memories of the year!  It's fun and easy and makes a great writing activity. Find this flip book here.


End of the Year Student Gifts, activities and ideas

If you are searching for a fun end of the year gift for your students grab some sunglasses like these, print the I Am A Reader tags and attach the tags to the glasses.  Super easy and kids love sunglasses!  These free tags are a part of our newsletter that you can find here.  You can find sunglasses similar to these here.

Summer Bucket List Writing Activity

For those of you still in school or if you teach summer school these ideas are for you!

Happily Ever Elementary posted this bulletin board photo on Instagram last year of our Summer Bucket List writing activity and craft.  Isn't it super cute?  Be sure to follow @happilyeverelementary to see more of their ideas!  You can find this activity here.

End of the Year and Summer Time activities and ideas

Along with the End of the Year Memories flip book, you also get the Summer Time flip book.  It's another great writing idea for students to plan ahead for what they would like to do this summer and can be found here.

I hope these fun end of the year and summer time ideas and activities help you as you head into the last days before your break!



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