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Guided Reading in Reading Workshop

By Beth Newingham on April 11, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

While students are reading self-selected texts from their book boxes during IDR time, I am busy, too. If I am not conferring with students individually, I am usually meeting with them in guided reading groups or strategy groups.

Click on the Guided Reading vs. Strategy Lessons handout to see what makes strategy groups different from guided reading groups.

Guided reading groups contain students who are all reading at the same level. The teacher provides them with a common text at their instructional level, introduces the book, and points out important text features, tricky vocabulary, or essential story elements.

She then listens in as students read the book to themselves. The lesson is followed up with a teaching point and some additional modeling of a strategy the teacher feels is necessary based on her observations.

Comments (2)

I love your blog, ideas, and downloads! I am struggling with my guided reading, it seems like what we are doing in GR is taking away from their IDR. Do you finish all guided reading in the group? Do you assign a reading passage to be completed before next group?

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