I LOVE the Guided Reading Table!

What is YOUR favorite time of the day?
Before lunch?

Mine is...


The place where "MAGIC" happens!
The "AHA!"..the lightbulb...whatever you want to call it.

Last year I got rid of my 

This is my 

Then I added stools from IKEA.
My kiddos LOVE IT!

My next favorite "accessory"
from by

Brewster Wall Pops 

WPE99065 Peel & Stick Calypso Dry-Erase Dots

 with Marker

I put  BIG teal dots on my table!

My kids write on them!

After we read... then
we write questions on them
 and then change seats to answer them!
Musical Chairs!

They LOVE it!
Write & WIPE! 


I use my 

to guide my lessons.

I use it
to assess kids reading levels,
 to group them with like skills,
 and to teach them AT THEIR LEVEL.

Now a couple of things I have learned "on the way"...

1.  Guided Reading is NOT independent reading time!
They read to themselves (READ TO SELF) at a different time of the day.. we do it after lunch.

2. Guided Reading is NOT a time for a LONG teacher LESSON!
( I only have them for 15-20 min.  Always give them a skill or strategy they can use NOW!) Your goal is to create INDEPENDENT READERS... do not enable them to wait for YOU to do the reading.

3. You DO NOT have to read a BOOK every day! (This is not the time for HOW MANY BOOKS have you read?)  My lowest reading group needs PHONEMIC AWARENESS. If you don't know your letter sounds...it's really HARD to read.

So Guided reading should be called


Meet them at their level.
Give them a "take away" that they can use TODAY.
Repeat. Repeat.Repeat.

I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.

I do one to one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do fluency assessments.
I do letter & phonics assessments.
Don't  "DAWDLE"...
Make it quick. Not a "story" time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.


Start with your middle groups.
The "BUBBLE" kids.
They will be moving the fastest.

Next. Alternate assessments between your highs & lows.

Your highs probably will make continued growth with "less" support...they came in with strong foundations or they wouldn't be HIGH!  Don't forget about them. Keep them connected with BOOK CLUBS, Writing, and LOTS of COMPREHENSION.

My low babies. You can't practice TOO MUCH.
When they become "done"...distracted, unable to focus, etc.
Interactive writing, phonics games, reading with "finger pointers", etc. etc.   Change the game...not the content.

Here is a Sight Word FREEBIE for YOU to get started !

So I LOVE the guided reading table.
LOTS of learning goes on there.

BUT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, remember...


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