Guided Reading - help

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  1. luv2teach415

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    I really want to start guided reading in my classroom. My class library is getting leveled as we speak. I just get confused about somethings with guided reading. How many times a week do you work with each group? I also know that you need to set up centers for the other groups to do while working with one particular group, but what do you do if one group finishes a center before another group?
    I really want to do guided reading and could use advice. Thanks!
     
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    What have you read? Fountas and Pinell? Daily 5? Debbie Diller?

    Have you decided how you are setting up your rotations? Give us some more information and I'm sure the gurus here can help you.
     
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    I've read daily 5, but my P wants us to start using Fountas and Pinnell. I haven't decided how I'm setting up my rotations yet. I guess I could use help in that as well. I have a pretty small classroom, but will also have a relatively small class size at less than 20.
     
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    I did some diagnostics with my students to put them into groups.

    I usually have 4 groups. I try to see the higher groups at least three times per week, and the lower groups four to five times.

    Some of my other rotations include computers (assigned website), word/ grammar work, independent reading, spelling and free write.
     
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    I do it while my class is doing silent reading. I try to meet with each child once a week and anyone who needs interventions gets more time (usually twice a week).

    I found The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson really helpful - totally changed my approach and I saw measurable differences in my students' progress.
     
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    Thanks! I appreciate all the input.
     
  8. Alexia Bell

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    In third grade, I concentrate on implementing specific strategies to meet individual goals, which will change frequently. I agree that Fountas and Pinnell Continuum is an excellent resource! Once you know your students' levels, this reference book gives you specific guidelines on what to do, so they can grow as readers. It's well organized with tabs for quick referencing.

    You can still incorporate Daily Five if you revise it to meet your needs. For example, while I'm working with my small groups (no more than 3 or 4), I also have silent reading and D5 "writing" or "word work" activities going on simultaniously. These do need to be quiet activities, so readers can concentrate, but they also should be challenging and related to what you are learning at the time.

    Good luck to you, luv2teach, and good for you for exploring all options! Thanks also for the Jan Richardson reference, MissScrimmage - I was introduced to that during a meeting, and I will definitely look into it, now! This is my first post on this forum, and I think I'm going to gain some valuable information! :)
     

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