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March 2, 2016 Guided Reading Prompts and Questions to Improve Comprehension By Genia Connell
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    As a third grade teacher, I sometimes feel like I'm in literacy limbo, sandwiched between lower elementary students who are learning to read, and the upper elementary students who are reading to learn. Each year my class has students reading all along the continuum, from developing to fluent to proficient, which means I'm sometime juggling up to six guided reading and skill groups.

    With each group, I have found using prompts or targeted questions during our small group instruction has helped bolster comprehension for developing readers while deepening understanding of text for those who are able to read fluently at a higher level. This week, I'm happy to share the resources I've created to keep my most frequently used and effective prompts and questions that I use with fictional text right at my fingertips.

     

    Prompt Booklet

    Prompts are wonderful tools to have when you are helping individual students make their way through a text or to check on how well the members of your small group are understanding the text. I normally use prompts that promote and reinforce the comprehension strategies we teach and model in reader's workshop mini-lessons. These strategies include:

    • Self-monitoring
    • Making Predictions
    • Asking Questions
    • Inferring
    • Understanding Author's Purpose
    • Summarizing

    As I've shared in a previous post, I like keeping everything at my fingertips during guided reading, therefore, I've gathered 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.  

    60 Guided Reading Prompts Free Printable Booklet

     

    Prompting Bookmarks for Students

    When I can't be with my students to prompt them as they read, they have a bookmark I created to help them remember prompts and questions we use together.

    Free Printable Reading Prompt Bookmarks

     

    Guided Reading Question Cards

    During guided reading, I may be reading with one student while the other members of the group are reading independently at the table. In these instances, I sometimes rely on guided reading question cards that students can think about or even use to complete a written response so they are ready for discussion. Responses to these questions can often help me gauge each student's understanding of a particular aspect of the story. Based on individual student needs and abilities, all students may respond to the same question, or there may be several different questions answered by different students.

    If you would like to use the task cards, simply click on the images below to download and print, then cut apart. I've laminated my cards so they'll be sturdier and last a little longer. All of the task cards were made using frames from Scholastic's Word Workshop

    Guided Reading Questions and Prompts Free Printable

    Questions for Guided Reading

    Free printable guided reading task cards

    Guided Reading Task Cards

     

    Not Just for Small Groups

    While I use the task cards during small groups, they also work very well as a quick reading response activity when students have been doing independent reading during reader's workshop. I'll choose a few of the questions and display them on the interactive whiteboard, giving students a choice of which one they want to answer in the reading response binders. These quick checks give me a window into my student's thinking and often let me know who needs more guidance and support.

    Using Reading Prompts in Readers Workshop

    My students love being able to choose which question they would like to answer.

    I use the sheet below for short written responses during independent and guided reading. Click on the image below to download and print. 

    Reading Prompts and Questions for Guided Reading

    Reading response prompts

    I hope you will be able to use a few of these resources to help make your guided reading planning and instruction easier!

    Check out my other guided reading posts:

     

     

     

     

    As a third grade teacher, I sometimes feel like I'm in literacy limbo, sandwiched between lower elementary students who are learning to read, and the upper elementary students who are reading to learn. Each year my class has students reading all along the continuum, from developing to fluent to proficient, which means I'm sometime juggling up to six guided reading and skill groups.

    With each group, I have found using prompts or targeted questions during our small group instruction has helped bolster comprehension for developing readers while deepening understanding of text for those who are able to read fluently at a higher level. This week, I'm happy to share the resources I've created to keep my most frequently used and effective prompts and questions that I use with fictional text right at my fingertips.

     

    Prompt Booklet

    Prompts are wonderful tools to have when you are helping individual students make their way through a text or to check on how well the members of your small group are understanding the text. I normally use prompts that promote and reinforce the comprehension strategies we teach and model in reader's workshop mini-lessons. These strategies include:

    • Self-monitoring
    • Making Predictions
    • Asking Questions
    • Inferring
    • Understanding Author's Purpose
    • Summarizing

    As I've shared in a previous post, I like keeping everything at my fingertips during guided reading, therefore, I've gathered 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.  

    60 Guided Reading Prompts Free Printable Booklet

     

    Prompting Bookmarks for Students

    When I can't be with my students to prompt them as they read, they have a bookmark I created to help them remember prompts and questions we use together.

    Free Printable Reading Prompt Bookmarks

     

    Guided Reading Question Cards

    During guided reading, I may be reading with one student while the other members of the group are reading independently at the table. In these instances, I sometimes rely on guided reading question cards that students can think about or even use to complete a written response so they are ready for discussion. Responses to these questions can often help me gauge each student's understanding of a particular aspect of the story. Based on individual student needs and abilities, all students may respond to the same question, or there may be several different questions answered by different students.

    If you would like to use the task cards, simply click on the images below to download and print, then cut apart. I've laminated my cards so they'll be sturdier and last a little longer. All of the task cards were made using frames from Scholastic's Word Workshop

    Guided Reading Questions and Prompts Free Printable

    Questions for Guided Reading

    Free printable guided reading task cards

    Guided Reading Task Cards

     

    Not Just for Small Groups

    While I use the task cards during small groups, they also work very well as a quick reading response activity when students have been doing independent reading during reader's workshop. I'll choose a few of the questions and display them on the interactive whiteboard, giving students a choice of which one they want to answer in the reading response binders. These quick checks give me a window into my student's thinking and often let me know who needs more guidance and support.

    Using Reading Prompts in Readers Workshop

    My students love being able to choose which question they would like to answer.

    I use the sheet below for short written responses during independent and guided reading. Click on the image below to download and print. 

    Reading Prompts and Questions for Guided Reading

    Reading response prompts

    I hope you will be able to use a few of these resources to help make your guided reading planning and instruction easier!

    Check out my other guided reading posts:

     

     

     

     

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