A 3-Part Guided Reading Format to Save YOU Time

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Does planning guided reading instruction irk you? Wish it could be simpler? Watch this recorded Facebook live to learn about a 3-part guided reading format that’s simple, repeatable, easy-to-plan, and effective.

I use this same structure with every beginning or struggling reader of any age.

Teaching reading doesn’t have to be so hard.

If you want to read further about this 3-part guided reading format AND grab a free lesson plan, read this.

Finally, what do you think of this format? Questions? Doubts? Successes?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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40 thoughts on “A 3-Part Guided Reading Format to Save YOU Time

    • Helen, yes! That’s a big challenge. When I know where each group falls on the Streamlined Pathway, then I can give them differentiated work more easily, so they’re more likely to be engaged in centers.

      I also set-up 2 stations with headphones so there’s less noise–an app station and a listen along station. Beyond that, I have a regular station of re-reading, and word study. And I repeat the same center, but with different words or texts, so that I’m not re-creating the wheel all the time. For instance, everyone might play a variation on Chutes and Ladders as a Word Work station on Thursdays, but some are using word cards with the /oa/ sound; some are using word cards with the /oa/ and /ee/ sounds; some are using the /ay/ sound, etc.

      But it’s always a trick to pull off!

    • Lesley, yes that’s a bear. ๐Ÿ˜ณ it’s always a challenge!! But if we get them engaged at their level for centers/work stations, then it is a little easier. But, of course, It rally takes a bundle of tricks to pull off!!

    • Lesley, good question! No, I aim for a new text every day. Or, at least every other day. But these are often short texts like the example ones so it’s doable even for the earliest reader.

      Thus, we often learn 5 new texts each week–that’s how students rapidly become good decoders and learn sound-symbol correspondences. In about 12 to 24 weeks, the beginners are ready for more authentic texts like Frog and Toad or Elephant and Piggies.

  1. When a student is scared to make mistakes when reading, and just doesn’t dare to be in that vulnerable place..I have students who have been ridiculed and they refuse to read or face any text..I understand them so much! But that approach doesn’t let me help them..

    • That’s a tough one! ๐Ÿ™

      Have you tried 1-on-1 with him/her for a few days or weeks? It’s obviously hard to squeeze in but the payoff may make it worth it. Sometimes I read with them before a group setting so they’re seeing it for the 2nd or 3rd time when the others are seeing it for the first time. That might boost confidence. Blessings for deducing how to serve him/her!

  2. Hi Manie I do my guided reading differently. My outcome for each group is : What is the author’s purpose in this text. I normally guide them to search for clues. Then we tackle the grammar…looking for Verbs, Adj, Adverbs, Similes, Onomatopoeia, difficult words etc. I do one group per day, while the other groups do comprehension… questions on a page which they have to discuss first as a group…then answer in their books. The less abled student will get an easier task. Its a lot of preperation but I enjoy it. Kids know their groups and disperse when it”s guided reading …i just hand out their task sheets, and group leaders take over๐Ÿ˜Š