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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Guided Reading With Kath’s First Graders

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!
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Kirstin McGinnis said...

Nice! I like the implementation of non-fiction text - I'm trying to do that more in my classroom. My kiddos love the non-fiction texts because of all the neat pictures!


Leslie @KindergartenWorks said...

I agree that reading patterns makes a huge difference and even noticing that often the ending (whether fiction or non-fiction) is when the pattern changes. Thanks for sharing non-fiction tips.


Kaitlin Edmunds said...

Thanks for this great post today. I still struggle with planning my guided groups. Right now I am just writing what I need to cover and work on with that group on a stick on advance. Any tips or advice?


Kim and Megan said...

Hey kaitlin,
What are you working on right now? Do you have a structure that you are using for your groups?

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