Introduction: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
This is a guide for First Grade Teachers on How to Teach a Guided Reading Lesson.
- Class Roster
- Guided Reading Groups Form
- Guided Reading Test Books ranging in multiple levels (1-10)
- Notebook paper
- Guided Reading Books ranging in multiple levels (1-10)
- Table and chairs
- Scissors - one pair for teacher
- Pencils- one per student and one for teacher
- Sentence strip papers - one per student
- Gallon Ziplock bags - one per student
- Sharpie - one for teacher
- Envelopes- one per student
- Guided Reading Homework Log - one per student
Step 1: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Gather multiple levels of Guided Reading Test Books from the Reading Lab ranging from level 1 to level 10. (one set each)
2. Get a copy of your class roster.
3. Get notebook paper, pencil, and a calculator.
Step 2: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Use notebook paper and pencil to keep notes of student difficulties with prior knowledge about books and print.
2. Call student's one at a time to your table.
3. Check student's prior knowledge of books. Have them point to the front, back, and spine of the book.
4. Check student's prior knowledge of print by asking each student to point to a word, point to a letter, and which direction we read from (left-right).
Step 3: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Use notebook paper, pencil, and calculator to calculate student's proficiency on each book level. (# of words read - # of words missed = difference. Difference divided by # of words read = % for proficiency)
2. Assess each student to determine their independent reading book level (proficient is 95% or above).
3. Group students with similar book levels into groups of 6 or less. (sometimes groups may have students whose book levels differ by one or two levels)
4. Document each student's name, book level, book title, and peers within their group on the guided reading form.
Step 4: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Go to the Reading Lab and choose books for each of your groups (2 sets of each level).
2. Use a sharpie to write each student's name, teacher, and classroom number on a gallon size ziplock bag.
3. Write each student's name on a guided reading homework log.
Step 5: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Call your first group to your table and pass out their books.
2. Have them take a picture walk. (looking at each page and thinking about the story they are about to read).
3. Ask students to make inferences about the story. (what do they think the story is about or what do they think is going to happen)
4. Ask the students which genre they think the book is fiction or non-fiction. If they don't remember the difference, tell them fiction = fake/not real and non-fiction = real/true.
Step 6: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Have students turn to the first page of the book.
2. Have students put their finger under the first word.
3. Read the story aloud, all together, in one voice, and have the students follow along moving their fingers under each word.
Step 7: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. After reading altogether, have students turn back to the beginning and put their finger under the first word.
2. Chose a student to start reading independently. (each student will only read one page at a time while taking turns)
3. Have remaining students follow along quietly with their finger under each word. (Level 5 and above will not use their fingers)
4. Continue rereading the story until each student has read at least one page independently. (Be sure and finish the book once started)
Step 8: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. After each student has had a turn reading, have students close their books.
2. Check for comprehension by asking the group what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
3. Check for comprehension by asking who the characters are or where the setting is.
4, Reexamine the students response on if the story was fiction or non-fiction. Why or why not?
Step 9: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Have each student reopen their book and find their favorite page in the story.
2. Give each student a pencil and a sentence strip or piece of notebook paper.
3. Have them write their favorite page on the sentence strip. (Book Levels higher than 7 will write their favorite sentence, not page.)
4. Write each student's sentence they've chosen on an envelope and set it aside.
Step 10: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Taking turns, have each student read their sentence while pointing to each word.
2. Taking turns, have each student reread their sentence one word at a time.
3. As they say, each word, use your scissors to cut the word off the sentence strip.
4. When all the words in the sentence are cut, have each student put their sentence back together like a puzzle. (They may use the book as a reference if needed)
5. After correctly making the sentence, have each student put their sentence puzzle inside their envelope.
Step 11: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Have each student place their sentence strip puzzle and envelope inside their ziplock bag.
2. Have each student place their new book inside their ziplock bag.
3. Show them a sample guided reading homework log.
4. Inform them they are to read their book each night to someone over the age of 10.
5. Demonstrate how to fill the guided reading log out.
6. Remind them to build and read their sentence to someone.
7. Inform them that the guided reading ziplock bag and all its contents are to go home and brought back each day.
Step 12: Guided Reading for First Grade Teachers
1. Get the Reading Sufficiency Plan (RSA) original and completed sample from Teacher Google Account.
2. Get Student Guided Reading Groups List.
3. Get RSA Checklist from Teacher Google Account.
4. Fill in RSA Checklist for each student that is not reading on-level in August. (If students enter First Grade after October, no RSA form will be completed)
5. Fill in yellow highlighted areas found on the sample RSA form for each student not reading on-level. This will be done in August, December, and April.
4. File RSA form.
5. Get form signed by parents at October and March Parent Teacher Conferences. (Parents will also fill in the green highlighted area found on the sample RSA form)