Guided ReadingWhat is Guided Reading?
Guided reading instruction is at the heart of a comprehensive literacy program and it occurs when a teacher meets with a small, flexible group of students with a common reading goal. During guided reading, your child has the opportunity to develop reading strategies in order to read increasingly difficult stories independently. Guided reading is used in the classroom in small-group instruction and for independent reading. When your child enters a second grade he or she is assessed and assigned a guided reading level based on word-knowledge, comprehension, and fluency. The levels range alphabetically from A to Z, with level A representing the lowest level and level Z the highest. This allows me to work closely with each student to help him or her become better a better reader. I can introduce them to increasingly challenging books while meeting the varying instructional needs of each child in the room through guided reading.
When does it happen in the classroom?Guided reading occurs during our Daily 5 centers each day. While all students are engaged in indpendent and small group reading and writing tasks, I am able to pull flexible groups to read and address common goals. Groups and fluid and change often and students always look forward to this very targeted reading practice and instruction!What is the Daily 5?The Daily 5 “is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.” (http://www.thedailycafe.com) It will allow your child to do meaningful work independently. Students select from five meaningful and engaging choices, working toward personalized goals.
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Work on Writing
- Word Work
At the start of this year, I will use data from assessments and one-on-one conferences to assign each student a reading level. I will meet individual needs through whole-group instruction and one-on-one conferences.In the beginning of the year, students will learn the 3 ways to read a book as well as how to choose “good-fit” books. They will work with me to set reading goals and will apply strategies from the CAFE menu as they read to reach these goals.3 Ways to Read a Book1. Read the pictures.2. Read the words.3. Retell the story.
Finding “Good-Fit” Books
We also decide if books are a good fit by using The Five Finger Rule:
- Your child will learn how important it is to select “good-fit” books. These books will help them become a better reader!
- To find a “good-fit” book, use the acronym, “I PICK."
The Daily 5 Creates:
What is CAFE?Throughout the year, reading strategies and skills are introduced, modeled and practiced. These skills are continuously reviewed and are always posted on our CAFE menu board for reference. Students use these skills and strategies as they move their way through the Daily 5. The CAFE board serves as a "menu" of skills that can be selected and used by students as they read.
- Independence, stamina, and accountability
- Highly engaged students
- A love of literacy
- Freedom for options
- A sense of community and importance
How does it work in 2D?The students in 2D will become experts in working with the Daily 5! Each day, we will start our ELA block with a mini lesson about a new reading strategy (like "tune into interesting words" for expanding vocabulary). We will also work on language concepts and writing skills. Then students will break into reading groups and participate in 15 minute long rotations through the Daily 5 activities.Please visit the following website for more information: http://www.thedailycafe.com/