Sunday, June 24, 2012

Guided Reading

The first thing that I am going to work on this summer (after my little vacation/work ban!) will be to create a couple more study guides for my kiddos that are coming in next year who can independently read short chapter books.  Below are a couple that I created last year which my students used in the middle/end of the year.   My students just loved them and it was a great way to hold them accountable during independent reading, especially because I often cannot get to my highest groups everyday! (I have 32 students so try as I might, I never have enough time to meet with all my groups)  Our Guided Reading meetings became more of a book club but I was able to keep the discussion on track and meaningful with the use of study guides.

 Just click on the images below to check them out on TPT and be on the lookout new ones....coming soon!

Summer Reading

Hi Fellow Bloggers and Teaching Fanatics!  I'm excited to be starting my own blog now that school is  finally over (our last day with the kids was Friday)!  I don't have too much time to take a complete break from the teaching world though because we are going year-round next year and the kids come back on August 6th!  Sooo....I have a lot of planning and preparation to do in the next month!  I have decided however, that for the next 5 days the only school related activity I'm allowing myself to engage in is blog-stalking and summer reading.  This summer I decided to focus on comprehension strategies and just got the following books in the mail:

Comprehension Connections:  Bridges to Strategic Reading by Tammy McGregor

Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis 

I can't wait to dig into them! Last summer, I read these great titles which helped me structure my reading block in a way that was very successful this year:

The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

Revisiting the Reading Workshop: Management, Mini-Lessons and Strategies by Barbara Orehovec and Marybeth Alley

What are you reading this summer?  I'm always looking for titles to add to my list!