How can you meet the needs of a diverse guided reading group? While I am teaching 5th this year, there is a need for someone who can pull a guided reading group of Kindergarteners who are a mix of As and Bs.
They are apparently struggling to make any progress at all. So, I thought it would be fun to show you how I am going to 'tackle' this challenge. I am going to have 5 students: 3 As and 2 Bs (that have declined from Cs). I'm going to organize this mini-challenge like a diary with reflections, ideas, and links. Hopefully this will help some one else to see how this 'might' work! (Exclaimer: I am not proclaiming I am the expert on guided reading but I sure hope I can teach these pumpkins to read!!)
Here is my plan for day 1:
Before reading: Sight Words, Sight Words, Sight Words!! I even made this great new set just for my new kiddos!
I am going to make sure to engage their attention the WHOLE time we are reading... how can I possibly do that you ask? With these:
Glow Witch Fingers
The students LOVE them!! It's so much fun for the kiddos to wear them and point out their words.
Responding. Our first book is going to be about things that a little boy likes to eat. So my first response will be on index cards. I already have them written up with the sentence prompt 'I like _____." Easy Peasy but it makes them transfer their learning and retain the comprehension.
This helps the lower level... now I just need to plan for the upper level... I'll be splitting the group in two and giving a word work game to each. I have these two already made up:
I am using beginning sounds for the lower group and the middle sounds for the upper group. So glad I have letter magnets all ready to go with it!