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Are you wanting to master guided reading, but feel a wee bit overwhelmed?  I get it!  Guided Reading is just one more thing you have on your plate.. or do you?  Are you currently conducting guided reading lessons in your classroom?  I am sometimes surprised to hear that some emergent classrooms do not.  Don't worry... we've got this!

Guided Reading in Kindergarten

What is Guided Reading?

Let's start with the various balanced literacy approaches.


Read-alouds are when the teacher does the reading work and the students do the thinking work.  This is done as part of a whole group instructional time.   The text that is selected is above the students' reading level.  This is an opportunity to work on reading comprehension skills.  The teacher models fluent reading and guides the students towards a deeper understanding of the text.  We use our Close Reading/Guiding Readers units for read-aloud instruction.

Shared Reading

This is also done as a whole group activity.  The text is usually selected on grade level, but can also be slightly above grade level.  The teacher and the students read the text together.   This is an opportunity to work on early reading skills and comprehension.

Guided Reading

Yay!   We made it to guided reading.  Guided reading is done as part of a small group (4-6 students). The text is selected based on the students' instructional reading level.   The students read the book independently while the teacher supports the students and coaches them towards success.   This is where true differentiation takes place!

How do I know what their instructional level is?

Students' instructional level is determined by a few things.  We start the year off by looking at what the students know.  If they do not know any sounds or have little understanding of print, an AA level text is perfect for them.

As the year progresses, we use running records to help focus our instruction.
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Organizing for Guided Reading

I like to keep my sets in binders by level.
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Inside I have all the materials I am going to need to use.  
Guided Reading in Kindergarten
Sound boxes are a great way to segment words.
Guided Reading in Kindergarten
Students then can transfer this skill to sounds when they are ready.
I also keep all of the sorting activities in the binder.  When they are at your fingertips, you are ready to teach in a flash! 
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I also keep all of the books in the binder.
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And the lesson plans that are needed to teach the lesson.  Click HERE to find the FREE lesson plan template.   This is Day 1 with a book.
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Here is Day 2.  I use the same book over two instructional days.
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What else goes in these binders?

All of the books!!!!
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 Each binder has 3 fiction and 3 informational texts.
Guided Reading in Kindergarten

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We also keep the writing we do at our small group table in this binder.
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You can read more about the 2 Day Guided Reading Plan over on Deedee's blog by clicking HERE.  It also includes a free webinar.  See!   You are practically an expert already!

You can see all of our Leveled Text sets HERE and HERE

Guided Reading in Kindergarten.  Lesson plans, word work, running records, books and MORE!

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Assessments Made EASY and a BIG FREEBIE

Do you struggle with keeping up with mounds of paper assessments? 
Do you struggle with what to do with the data once you've assessed your students?
Do you struggle with how to analyze the data and use it to drive your instruction?
Do you struggle with how to notify parents and provide them with the tools they need to help their students?  If you answered yes to any of the questions, then this post is for YOU!
Just like you, I struggled with all of the above, and I longed for something that would save me time and make my life easier.
ESGI was the answer I had been looking for!  It is all digital, and it is all FAST!
Let me explain how it works.

This is my dashboard.  I've covered up the student's names for privacy reasons.   I've clicked on the sight words tab so that you can see what it looks like.  The graph lets me easily see how well my class is doing on the sight word lists as a whole.

This is an individual student's pie graph. I have my sight word lists combined for ease of assessments, but you can create your own assessments to match your lists. The pie graph shows that this student knows 58% of the sight words on lists f,g,h, 69% of the sight words on lists i, j, k and so on.  The students love to be assessed using ESGI because they can instantly see their progress on the pie graph.


I can also view whole class bar graphs as well as individual student bar graphs.  In the example that you see above, it is a whole class bar graph that shows me the least known sight words to the most known sight words.  It breaks down the data and does all of the tedious work for me! LOVE!!!

 Okay, here is MY FAVORITE PART.  This will make you look like a rock start teacher when you send this information home.  The program automatically generates parent letters AND flash cards for each individual student.  It is a great way to keep parents informed of their child's progress AND give them the tools they need to help their child at home.  Click, Click, Print, DONE!  So fast and easy.
So what about assessments?  ESGI has a whole library of assessments that you can choose from, OR you can create your own.  The image below shows you some of the content that has already been createdpre-K, kindergarten and first-grade teachers from around the world.

The image below shows just a few of the assessments that have been created for math. 

 So what do you think?  Are you ready to save yourself a TON of time and get a great BIG FREEBIE?  All you have to do is click on the ESGI button the right-hand side of my side bar.
Click on the orange button to start your 60 Day FREE Trial, but guess what?
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  • By registering between now and April 10th, you will also be entered to win a "Pot of Gold" mystery grand prize from ESGI.  Announcement coming on April 11th

 Registering is FAST and EASY, and best of all they don't ask for any credit card information.
If you don't see my Promo Code DJ9898 make sure that you type it in the box so that you will get the full FIVE MONTHS free membership. Please NOTE:  The ESGI Team will go in and manually add your FIVE MONTH extension so it may take a day or two to show up.  When your five months is up if you choose to keep ESGI you will be given a discount.  Once your principal sees how amazing this program is she will want to purchase it for your whole team!

St. Patrick's Day How to Make Leprechaun Punch

March?!?  Seriously, how is it already March?  This year is flying by!
I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things to do for St. Patrick's Day.
It doesn't get any better than Leprechaun punch and Leprechaun glyphs!

In Unit 3 of our Writing Through the Year unit we teach students the process for Procedural (How-To) Writing, and throughout the year we continue to work on How-To pieces to record our experiences as a class.  First, we talked about the ingredients that I brought in and we decided as a class the best order to add the ingredients to our cup. 

The students each create their own Leprechaun Punch. 

We created our How-To Make Leprechaun Punch chart using Interactive Writing.  I love using Interactive Writing because it is the perfect time to apply the phonics chunks and spelling patterns that we've been learning, sentence structure and conventions. *Note: We didn't complete the chart in one sitting.  As soon as the little sweeties start getting antsy we stop and pick back up whenever we have a few extra minutes during the day.

 Then, the following day students wrote their own How-To.  They can use our chart as a reference or have a go on their own.

The cutie patootie leprechauns that you see on the bulletin board are glyphs.
The students answer three questions to build their leprechaun.
One of the questions was, Do you believe in leprechauns?  If they answered yes, they got purple shoes.  If the answer was no they got yellow shoes.  We then showed our data in a variety of ways.
You can see the results below.

The glyph patterns, questions, graphs, and Leprechaun Punch activities are just a tiny portion of what's included in my St. Patrick's Day unit.  You can check it out by clicking HERE


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