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September 29, 2016 All-in-One Guided Reading Tool Kit By Genia Connell
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    Now that I’ve done reading assessments on nearly all of my students, the time to get the guided reading groups up and running has arrived. And this year, I didn’t dread it! In fact, last week all I had to do was grab my guided reading tool kit off a bookshelf, open it up, and start planning.

    I’ve created a lot of different materials over the past few years, but they were housed in different locations in various file folders and on my hard drive. Last spring, I decided to put everything in one place and my guided reading tool kit was born! This week I’m happy to share with you many of the organizational tools I keep in my kit. While you might recognize some that I’ve previously shared in Top Teaching posts, just like my tool kit, they are now in one place! 

     

    Inside my portable file, I have several hanging folders where I can easily access everything I use during guided reading. Below you'll find exactly what is in those folders that have made my planning and teaching easier. All of the forms are blank to preserve the privacy of my students. Click on each image you see below to download and print copies for your very own Guided Reading Tool Kit. 

     

    As most teachers know, the first few weeks of school are spent assessing students to help place them into their instructional reading groups. Below is the Excel sheet that I use to keep track of my students' initial assessment data along with checks in the spring and end of the year to prove my students are progressing when it comes to evaluation time. Excel allows me to easily sort and color code students by their guided reading group. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Once I have about two-thirds of my students assessed, I begin placing them on the placemat below. This allows me to get an idea of how my groups are shaping up and at what levels my 4–5 groups will be taught. I try to get my lowest leveled groups started first while I finish assessing the remainder of my students. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Once everyone is tested, I place students on this sheet that I post for my benefit at the table. It allows me to quickly call up all the names in a group or check to see if anyone is missing when I call up by the group name they selected. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    A few years ago I made some cards to help me organize books by level and to help me know where to put books back when I take them out of their tub. I keep extras of these cards inside my guided reading tool kit. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    There are two cards on each page. Print and cut the paper in half. 

     

    I have created a blank universal template for my reading group lesson plans. I make lots of copies and keep them in my guided reading tool kit. I use the notes and observations I've made on the first lesson plan of the week to help guide my subsequent lessons for each group.  

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Plans for Guided Reading Lessons that Span Two Days

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    There's also a file folder for my observation checklists. I use these to help best meet the need of individual students. For me, it's important to write everything down as I reflect on what I noticed in the lesson. I used to think I could just remember everything about my students, but I learned that was definitely not the best strategy for accurate record keeping!

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    While I mostly use words that are part of the guided reading lesson established in the book's lesson plan, I also supplement and differentiate using word study packs from Scholastic Printables. After printing the masters, I make multiple copies that I use with reading groups during the year. I keep the packs together in the guided reading tool kit. Below you'll find an example of two packs I really enjoy using. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading ToolkitAll-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    I like keeping everything at my fingertips during guided reading, so I typed up my most commonly used prompts and put them into booklet form. I keep this single two-sided sheet near me when making lesson plans and during instruction. You can download and print a color copy or a blackline copy of the prompts for your own use. When it's time to clean up the guided reading table, I just pop my booklet back into the guided reading tool kit.   

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The bookmarks below are all used with students while they are discussing books at the guided reading table. They can also be used by students during their independent reading time to promote thinking and utilization of comprehension strategies. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Students keep the bookmarks below in their book boxes for independent reading choices.

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The sheet below is one of my favorites for the guided reading table. I print several copies and place them in the guided reading tool kit. They can be pulled out as a quick way to check understanding on text that students have just read at the table or independently. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    I also like these two quick organizers from Scholastic. I keep copies of these two and more inside my tool kit. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading ToolkitAll-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The guided reading indicator sheets below help me know what goals my students should be working towards at each level. I glue the sheets inside a folder labeled with the matching reading level. These sheets help me plan lesson objectives and decide when a student is ready to move to another level. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    I hope you have found some useful materials that will help you put together your very own guided reading tool kit! The sheet I used for the front of my tool kit can be found below.

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

     

     

    Now that I’ve done reading assessments on nearly all of my students, the time to get the guided reading groups up and running has arrived. And this year, I didn’t dread it! In fact, last week all I had to do was grab my guided reading tool kit off a bookshelf, open it up, and start planning.

    I’ve created a lot of different materials over the past few years, but they were housed in different locations in various file folders and on my hard drive. Last spring, I decided to put everything in one place and my guided reading tool kit was born! This week I’m happy to share with you many of the organizational tools I keep in my kit. While you might recognize some that I’ve previously shared in Top Teaching posts, just like my tool kit, they are now in one place! 

     

    Inside my portable file, I have several hanging folders where I can easily access everything I use during guided reading. Below you'll find exactly what is in those folders that have made my planning and teaching easier. All of the forms are blank to preserve the privacy of my students. Click on each image you see below to download and print copies for your very own Guided Reading Tool Kit. 

     

    As most teachers know, the first few weeks of school are spent assessing students to help place them into their instructional reading groups. Below is the Excel sheet that I use to keep track of my students' initial assessment data along with checks in the spring and end of the year to prove my students are progressing when it comes to evaluation time. Excel allows me to easily sort and color code students by their guided reading group. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Once I have about two-thirds of my students assessed, I begin placing them on the placemat below. This allows me to get an idea of how my groups are shaping up and at what levels my 4–5 groups will be taught. I try to get my lowest leveled groups started first while I finish assessing the remainder of my students. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Once everyone is tested, I place students on this sheet that I post for my benefit at the table. It allows me to quickly call up all the names in a group or check to see if anyone is missing when I call up by the group name they selected. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    A few years ago I made some cards to help me organize books by level and to help me know where to put books back when I take them out of their tub. I keep extras of these cards inside my guided reading tool kit. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    There are two cards on each page. Print and cut the paper in half. 

     

    I have created a blank universal template for my reading group lesson plans. I make lots of copies and keep them in my guided reading tool kit. I use the notes and observations I've made on the first lesson plan of the week to help guide my subsequent lessons for each group.  

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Plans for Guided Reading Lessons that Span Two Days

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    There's also a file folder for my observation checklists. I use these to help best meet the need of individual students. For me, it's important to write everything down as I reflect on what I noticed in the lesson. I used to think I could just remember everything about my students, but I learned that was definitely not the best strategy for accurate record keeping!

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    While I mostly use words that are part of the guided reading lesson established in the book's lesson plan, I also supplement and differentiate using word study packs from Scholastic Printables. After printing the masters, I make multiple copies that I use with reading groups during the year. I keep the packs together in the guided reading tool kit. Below you'll find an example of two packs I really enjoy using. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading ToolkitAll-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    I like keeping everything at my fingertips during guided reading, so I typed up my most commonly used prompts and put them into booklet form. I keep this single two-sided sheet near me when making lesson plans and during instruction. You can download and print a color copy or a blackline copy of the prompts for your own use. When it's time to clean up the guided reading table, I just pop my booklet back into the guided reading tool kit.   

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The bookmarks below are all used with students while they are discussing books at the guided reading table. They can also be used by students during their independent reading time to promote thinking and utilization of comprehension strategies. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    Students keep the bookmarks below in their book boxes for independent reading choices.

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The sheet below is one of my favorites for the guided reading table. I print several copies and place them in the guided reading tool kit. They can be pulled out as a quick way to check understanding on text that students have just read at the table or independently. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    I also like these two quick organizers from Scholastic. I keep copies of these two and more inside my tool kit. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading ToolkitAll-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    The guided reading indicator sheets below help me know what goals my students should be working towards at each level. I glue the sheets inside a folder labeled with the matching reading level. These sheets help me plan lesson objectives and decide when a student is ready to move to another level. 

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

    I hope you have found some useful materials that will help you put together your very own guided reading tool kit! The sheet I used for the front of my tool kit can be found below.

    All-in-One Guided Reading Toolkit

     

     

     

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