4SH has begun guided reading! It takes some practice, but we’ll have it down in no time! Students will have guided reading every other week (my goal). During guided reading week, we will be focusing on skills that will be in our reading basal (the large red story book). I will work with small groups on fluency and comprehension. While I’m reading with one small group, five other groups will be working independently in stations. The stations rotate every thirty minutes. We usually do two rotations a day for three days. The students DO get most guided reading work done in class, however anything that is not done in class is homework. Students are given five days to complete the guided reading work. I usually assign it on Monday, and the work is due on Friday. We began on a Tuesday this week. We spent Tuesday going through expectations and routines of guided reading. We did our first rotation on Wednesday. This means that the guided reading work will actually be due on Tuesday! It certainly doesn’t hurt to do a little bit of it at a time, even at home. The stations change each week, but some do stay the same! Here is an example of their “work plan.”
Guided Reading Work Plan for the Week of:
Draw a check mark on the blank by the work that you have completed. All of the work must be complete/checked off before you turn it in. All work must be in the folder. All guided reading folders must be turned into the Guided Reading Crate by: ______________________________
Guided Reading with Mrs. Shehorn¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ______
Vocabulary Enrichment Packet¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ______
Spelling Word Story¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ______
Independent Reading (I.R.) 3 Reading Responses¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ______
Scholastic News (read the cover story, ‚ÄúWho Will Win?‚Äù Complete the Compare the Candidates and Before They Were President w.s. Read another other articles in the magazine.)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ______
Study Break (use this station to catch up on some reading, work on any other assignments, free write in your journal, etc.) ______
Here are examples of stations that DO NOT/RARELY change…
Independent Reading, or I.R- This is a station in which students enjoy reading and responding. This station encourages students to THINK about the text they are reading. Students must select a book and read it from beginning to end. They know that if they have a hard time with five or more words on the first page, the book is too much of a challenge and must select a different book. Students will record their first book on a log. They will then read until they feel they can respond. They have a folder of questions that they must choose from. Students will write THREE responses total during the guided reading week. The responses are worth 30 points (10 points per response) and will be recorded in their reading average. Students will be encouraged to write five or more sentences to respond! Use neatness, juicy details, and try to be a brave speller.
Guided Reading w/ Mrs. Shehorn– Small groups will read novels, short stories, etc with me. We will discuss the text, complete picture walks, make predictions, draw conclusions, sequence, summarize, and much more! We’ll model expression and practice reading LOUD and PROUD! :0) We’ll focus on vocabulary words that will be seen in the following week’s story!
Here are examples of other stations that students may join.
Spelling Station– Students will work on a spelling activity, project, game, etc. This will help students prepare for the upcoming spelling test!
Vocabulary Enrichment– Students will take current vocabulary words and study them. They will write the word, draw a small icon/picture that he/she may associate with the word, look the word up in the dictionary and find its definition, and put the word in a good sentence.
Scholastic News– Students will keep up with current events, think critically about present issues, and practice working in non-fiction texts! Students may have an assignment that aligns with the article.
Study Break– I sometimes make a study station. This is used as a “catch-up” or study hall. I do not offer this often, but I did do it during the first week because I want to ease the students into this.
State/Capitals Practice/Basic Math Facts– I try to do some cross-curricular activities! I may make a station that will help review skills being taught in the other 4th grade classrooms!
Journaling– Students will work on their writing skills at this station.
Educational Games Station– A station where students may play games that enhance their current learning.
Technology/Research Station– I would like to get students on iPads and computers as much as possible. Students may be given a topic/select a topic of choice to research.
Again, the guided reading work is mostly done IN CLASS. Students are given plenty of time in their station to finish or get a great start on their work. They are not required to work on the guided reading work at home. Students are encouraged to do this if it will help get their work submitted ON TIME.
In other words….you may HAVE to take it home as homework if you won’t have it finished by the due date. If you invest your time wisely, you won’t have to take too much home.
I hope this paints a better picture of how guided reading is going in our classroom! I am already so proud of their hard work! Please let me know if you have any questions.