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August 3, 2018

Guided Reading Organization Made Easy

By Genia Connell
Grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    If you have read a few of my posts, you know I am all about keeping things simple and easy to manage — something that is especially important for me when it comes to guided reading. Over the years, I’ve created a system to help me gather and manage all the materials I'll need for the entire week before my first group arrives at the reading table Monday morning. I'm happy to share a few of the things that make my guided reading time a bit easier for me and my students.  

    Watch this short video to see all of my tips for stress-free guided reading management and read below for editable resources you may even want to use in your own classroom.  

    Keep Your Materials Within Reach

    Keeping everything at my fingertips is key for my organizational plan. A few of the items that make meeting with groups easier to manage include:

    Reading Table

    I use the traditional kidney-shaped table but cut roll paper to fit the tabletop every one to two weeks. Students do much of their written work on the paper, including word work. When one group leaves, their sheet is rolled away for the next group. 

    Guided reading table with paper cut outs for work

     

    Reading Resources

    Guided reading binder

    My teaching guides are sorted in a large binder by level and skill. Easy to use tabs help me quickly find exactly what I am looking for. Click on the image above to download an editable binder cover.

     

    Guided reading books are sorted in crates by level, comprehension skills and theme focus.

     

    tall place holders

    Tall placeholders help me know where each lesson goes when the time comes to put it back. These same place holders are used in my book boxes to help me return books to their proper spot. Click on the image above to download your own editable place holders. Print, cut and laminate!

    Best. Organizer. Ever.

    Dish rack for guided reading organization

    A dish rack makes the perfect, inexpensive holder to sort all of my lessons for the week and any other materials my reading groups may need.

    Leveled Folders

    guided reading folder

    Instead of creating folders for each group, I have made one folder for each level normally found in the third grade. Students move between the folders as they progress through the levels.

    Text Level Indicator Sheets

    Text level indicators

    Download an entire set of text level exectations for guided reading levels A to Z 

    Inside each leveled folder I glue sheets that list all the skills that a reader at that level should be working toward.These sheets help me plan lesson objectives and assess my students' reading.

     

    Universal Lesson Plan Template

    guided reading universal lesson plan template

    I have created a blank template group lesson plans that I'll be using in my guided reading. I make multiple copies and keep them in my binder for easy access. Click on the image above to download my universal lesson plan. 

    Once everything is organized, the teaching can begin! What are your best tips for organizing your guided reading materials? Please share in the comment section below. ~Genia

    If you have read a few of my posts, you know I am all about keeping things simple and easy to manage — something that is especially important for me when it comes to guided reading. Over the years, I’ve created a system to help me gather and manage all the materials I'll need for the entire week before my first group arrives at the reading table Monday morning. I'm happy to share a few of the things that make my guided reading time a bit easier for me and my students.  

    Watch this short video to see all of my tips for stress-free guided reading management and read below for editable resources you may even want to use in your own classroom.  

    Keep Your Materials Within Reach

    Keeping everything at my fingertips is key for my organizational plan. A few of the items that make meeting with groups easier to manage include:

    Reading Table

    I use the traditional kidney-shaped table but cut roll paper to fit the tabletop every one to two weeks. Students do much of their written work on the paper, including word work. When one group leaves, their sheet is rolled away for the next group. 

    Guided reading table with paper cut outs for work

     

    Reading Resources

    Guided reading binder

    My teaching guides are sorted in a large binder by level and skill. Easy to use tabs help me quickly find exactly what I am looking for. Click on the image above to download an editable binder cover.

     

    Guided reading books are sorted in crates by level, comprehension skills and theme focus.

     

    tall place holders

    Tall placeholders help me know where each lesson goes when the time comes to put it back. These same place holders are used in my book boxes to help me return books to their proper spot. Click on the image above to download your own editable place holders. Print, cut and laminate!

    Best. Organizer. Ever.

    Dish rack for guided reading organization

    A dish rack makes the perfect, inexpensive holder to sort all of my lessons for the week and any other materials my reading groups may need.

    Leveled Folders

    guided reading folder

    Instead of creating folders for each group, I have made one folder for each level normally found in the third grade. Students move between the folders as they progress through the levels.

    Text Level Indicator Sheets

    Text level indicators

    Download an entire set of text level exectations for guided reading levels A to Z 

    Inside each leveled folder I glue sheets that list all the skills that a reader at that level should be working toward.These sheets help me plan lesson objectives and assess my students' reading.

     

    Universal Lesson Plan Template

    guided reading universal lesson plan template

    I have created a blank template group lesson plans that I'll be using in my guided reading. I make multiple copies and keep them in my binder for easy access. Click on the image above to download my universal lesson plan. 

    Once everything is organized, the teaching can begin! What are your best tips for organizing your guided reading materials? Please share in the comment section below. ~Genia

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