Saturday, August 8, 2015

BTS Blog Hop

When Tammy from The Owl Teacher said that she was having a Back to School Blog Hop I knew I wanted to join in! We are joining together to bring you all kinds of fun ideas, tips, and yes, FREEBIES to kick start your new school year! There is even an exciting giveaway that you can enter to score some great resources created by some awesome teachers.

This year I am so excited to dive into reading groups! I've spent a large part of my summer creating novel study guides that partner with my favorite series... Magic Tree House! Before we start talking all things MTH, I'd like to share three tips for guided reading groups.

 Plan, plan, plan... and plan some more! I know you are thinking, "that's what teachers do..." But I can't tell you how important it is to over plan for reading groups. I find that because guided reading groups are lessons that transfer from one day to the next, I can pause when it's time to release the kids for my next group, and pick up where we just left off the next day (or when we meet again). Here are three things that I think about when I am planning that help me gather my resources:

1. What if they aren't familiar with the vocabulary?
2. How do I assess their prior knowledge?
3. What do I want my students to know by the end of the lesson?

 I was introduced to multisensory kits from a fellow teacher on my team and keep them with me during guided reading at all times. I may not use them for every lesson or even every group, but they are a nice touch when students need to learn using hands on materials. Mine are filled with things like chalkboards, whiteboards, sandpaper, felt, and letter tiles to build words with. Multisensory kits help kids make connections to sounds and words in a whole different way.

Have students set goals! My students always set a weekly fluency goal. One student asked me if she could draw her favorite word at the end of the week if she met her fluency goal. I immediately jumped on board with this idea because I could see that she was an artist and that this would help to get her motivated to practice her weekly fluency piece!

Now I am so excited to show you what I have been working on for my guided reading groups this year... Magic Tree House comprehension guides!

Each comprehension guide partners with a Magic Tree House story and requires the students to work on many different skills like sentence building, vocabulary practice, rhyming, phonics, cause and effect, story retell, and much more! There are even word wall cards that are provided for each story that you can use in small groups and/or put up on your word wall for students to refer back to as they are writing and working independently.
You can grab the guides individually or purchase the entire set (books 1-25). This is a growing bundle and I am completing quite a few stories a month. The growing bundle is on sale until I have all of the stories in it completed. Another option would be to purchase the smaller bundles, like this one... stories 1-5.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hoped my tips for guided reading helped you! The Owl Teacher has set up a prize pack that you can enter to win as well! Don't forget to check out the other blogs from the fabulous teachers who lined up! 

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  1. Magic Tree House is one of my favourites! Thanks for sharing an insight into your new reading groups. I'm always interested to find out more about guided reading, it's on my list for sure this summer!

    Teaching Autism

  2. Thank you for the great tips.

  3. You have some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

  4. All of these tips are really useful for guided reading. Thank you!

  5. I am a planner too! I have a planner up in my blog too! Love it!