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Guiding Readers 2nd Edition Book List

We've been getting lots of requests to share the complete book list for the Guiding Readers 2nd Edition.

You can click on the image below to download the complete list.
The book titles are clickable so if you want more information you can click on the cover of the book and it will take you to Amazon.

Happy Reading!!

Guiding Readers post by Deedee Wills with FREEBIES!!!

We are so excited about our Guiding Readers units... you can tell because I. Can't. Stop. Talking. About. It.   You can tell because I blogged about them just a few times.

Guiding Readers 2nd Edition book selections
Guiding Readers

So WHAT is it?

Around last November I had a conversation with Deanna Jump about wanting to do more responding to literature with my class.  I felt we had a great foundation with writer's workshop but I wanted deeper connections and interactions with the texts we were reading.  So we created Guiding Readers.

What is Guiding Readers?
Guiding Readers started out as a "responding to literature" unit in our heads, but then we realized we needed to integrate phonics, interactive writing, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness and vocabulary in as well.

Each week we pull a few words from our text to explore them deeper.

Heaping pile of snow

vocabulary work
I used these lessons Guiding Readers in a whole group setting.   In my kindergarten classroom, I do the reading work (decoding the words) and my students do the thinking work.  
Everyone participates.   Working with a partner engages all of the students. 
Interactive Writing
Students are able to focus on the mechanics of writing during our interactive writing time.

Responding to Literature

With Rubrics!

We sometimes responded with a full sheet of paper and sometimes we responded in our notebooks.  Each response activity offers both options.   When I was short on time, I opted for the notebook responses.

Phonics Work

Phonemic Awareness
Suggested Phonic Awareness activities are included.
Are they effective?
Here is what I class soared when I started these activities.  Their level of engagement went through the roof!  Their ability to discuss text grew exponentially.  When it was time to assess my students' reading comprehension it was so apparent that they were able to retell a story with great detail in a sequential order, they made connections, and were able to discuss the text at a deeper level.

Not only did I experience great student success, but Deanna and I heard from countless teachers saying how these units have changed their classroom.   {This is where I get uncomfortable... I don't want to sound like I am full of myself.}   BUT SERIOUSLY... the feedback we received made our hearts happy.   I loved hearing from teachers who were using our units when an administrators and superintendents observed them and they were blown away.  

You can read the feedback for yourself HERE.

Are they available in a bundle?  AND why are there two versions?

We created two versions because districts have requested two tracks.  They wanted to be able to use these for their kindergarten and First Grade classrooms.    You certainly don't need both versions for your classroom, but you may like to have a variety of texts to choose.
click on the image to see this bundle.

Our newest version....
click on this image to see this bundle.

What skills and books are you going to cover?
We have created a curriculum map that should answer all of these questions.  You can find it by clicking:

Can I try it out?
Yes, you can IF you are quick!

You can download a free week's worth of reading lessons, but they will only be available this week!
Just click the image below.

Phonemic Awareness: Phoneme Segmentation FREEBIES and how to video

Hey Y'all!  I'm so excited to share some of my favorite Phoneme Segmentation activities with you.
You can view my Periscope video to see how to use all of the activities.  You'll want to fast forward to 1:50 so you can skip having to listen to the annoying welcome comments.  

If you want more Phonemic Awareness and Phonics ideas you can check out my Alphapalooza 2 unit on TPT by clicking below.

Here are links if you want to get some of the supplies I used for the activities.

Thanks y'all!  Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you have topics you'd like for me to do videos on. 

B2S Bash:The Grand Prize

Have y'all had fun hopping around to all 18 of our Bash Baskets?  If you haven't done that yet, please start HERE and make sure you do!  You only have until midnight on August 2nd to enter!  You may be thinking "Ohhh, I'm not lucky enough to win... I never get picked for prizes...There's just no way that my name will be selected!"  But, I would say:  YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU TRY!  So, go for the gold, folks!

Here's what you NEED to do FIRST... like RIGHT NOW!  We are doing an Instagram Hop with a secret message.  This secret message MUST BE entered on the Rafflecopter below or you will NOT be chosen as a winner!!!!  Look for THIS graphic on Instagram.  THIS graphic will start the secret message.   Hint:  You'll start with @stepintosecondgrade
You might want to grab a sheet of paper and a pen so that you can collect all letters as you are doing the Instagram hop because YOU MUST COLLECT THE SECRET MESSAGE!  Here are some tips for your Instagram Hop!
Don't have an instagram?  Well, sign up so you can enter the grand prize basket!!!  If you start in the right place and follow the order then all of your letters will nicely flow into one message :)  If you go out of order then you will have to unscramble the letters to make a word, and no one wants to do that!!!

So, let's talk about the Grand Prize!  This is the LARGEST, MOST AMAZING, INCREDIBLE Grand Prize ever... in the history of teacher giveaways!  
Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a REAL Smartboard!  Whitlock (a Smartboard distributor) generously donated a Smartboard to our giveaway!  Isn't that amazing?!!!  Do you want to know all the details about the specific Smartboard and if it will work for you?  Look HERE!!

Whitlock will ship the Smartboard to the winner (continental US only!).  It comes with a projector and all software needed!!  The winner will need to have a way to mount the Smartboard AND will be in charge of maintenance after installation.  We want to make sure we lay it all out there before you enter :))  I'm sure that your school or district would be happy to help if you were the winner!
And, that's not all, y'all!  The winner will also receive a Silhouette Cameo and a One-Year ESGI Subscription!  OHMIWORD!!!

Once you have collected the secret code from our Instagram Hop, you can enter below!  You only have 24 hours, so don't delay!!!


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