So when I was in Kath’s room a few weeks ago, she wanted me to model some guided reading lessons. So I took a “higher” group and a “lower” group and here’s what we did….
With the higher group we started off by talking about word endings, er and est. They had been working with word endings during their phonics and this book was full of them. After building a few words we looked through the book to see if we could be detectives and find some of them.
Then, we talked about non fiction answering our questions. So we looked at a few of the photographs in the book and talked about what we thought the author would teach us on that page. Kath had been working on questions words, so we put our thoughts into questions.
Then, I gave them each one of the text boxes above. I had them write their question. They looked through the book to find a picture where they thought the author might answer that question and read only that page. If it answered the question, they wrote it on the text box, if not they looked for another picture where they thought they might find their answer.
It was a good way to show them that we don’t always read an entire non fiction book, only the part we are interested in or the parts that answer our questions. I did send them off with the book in tow so that they could finish reading the parts that interested them.
Then it was a “lower” group of readers turn. With them, we also looked at word endings, but this time only adding an “s” to words. After building some words, we looked through the book to see if we could find any of those words.
Kath was doing a lesson on Arctic Animals so I made up this little pattern text where I invited the children to think of Arctic animals to put in each of the boxes. We talked about the text on the page until they noticed the pattern. We talked about how patterns can help us read. Once we figure out the words in the pattern, the rest of the pages were really easy. Then, at the bottom we added a “surprise” ending just like real authors!
Then, we went back to the book to see if we could find a pattern there. And they did! We worked together on the first page, then I said the rest of the book is going to be so easy because you already know the pattern.
Thanks to my sweet friend, Kathleen! She always invites me in, lets me play with her kiddos, and always makes me feel so smart. She is such a great teacher and…… learner herself! Love you, Kath!
Kim is a retired kindergarten teacher! She taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Now that she is retired, she spends her time volunteering in Megan's room. When she isn't working at Megan's school, she loves to garden and spend time with her family. She and Andy, her husband, have two children, Megan, who is married to Nick, and Tyler, who is married to Ginny. They also have a beagle named KT Ann. Megan followed in her mom's footsteps and is also a kindergarten teacher. She loves building relationships with her kiddos and their families. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Nick. They enjoy all the GA sports teams! She and Nick have a miniature dachshund named Lily Grace.
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