If you are looking at how to add creativity to guided reading, you have come to the right place!
We have all been there as educators. The district has rolled out “non negotiables” or “have to’s” that you must do with the students that you teach. This may include the structure of guided reading, the books to be used, and even the amount of time for each group.
But one thing a district cannot take away from you is your creativity! We all want our students to be engaged, and let’s face it, what the district provides is not necessarily going to make students get pumped for guided reading every day. That is why we have created over 200 pages of interactive and engaging resources to use when you teach guided reading with your students. These resources are also aligned with the CCSS which means that also align with what your district is probably assessing even if you re-vamped or didn’t adopt the Common Core.
We were sick and tired of watching kids struggle with monotonous tasks during guided reading. There was so much more we could be doing to increase student engagement, and thus increase their achievement. We sat down and began to plan out activities that would foster a love for reading in our classrooms.
The activities had to have rigor and be able to assess the standards we were asked to teach. But we also knew that the activities had to be engaging and motivating for our students. Below are some of the great resources and activities that you will get with our guided reading bundle.
Students “apply” to a fictitious university known as Discussion University and have the opportunity to prove that they deserve to attend this very prestigious school. Once students have a novel to read, divide the book up into 10 days. When students know the chapters/pages to read for each day, they are ready to read and complete the activities.
Each day, students will need to write down one discussion question (and their own response), along with completing an extension activity. At the end of the packet is a detailed grading rubric that can be used to inform the students if they have been accepted to Discussion University. This would be a great resource to use with your higher-level reading students in your classroom.
Also included are two sets of strategy cards, one for fiction (literature) and one for non-fiction (informational text). The cards can be printed off, used for a teaching tool, or even used at stations for kids to review reading strategies. We have included both a CCSS set and a set that doesn’t contain the Common Core standards too!
Easy to Use Graphic Organizers
The above resource has 29 graphic organizers that are just a print button away from being used in your classroom. This is included in the bundle and you will find yourself going back to these graphic organizers quite frequently. They are easy for students to use and are aligned with the CCSS.
We also have 14 creative resources that can be used in your guided reading classroom. Some of them are pictured above such as: creating apps, design a billboard, character texting, story menu, music connections, and sequencing. These are all Common Core aligned and will get your students motivated to complete the activities.
There is so much more included in this bundle: how to use literature circles in your classroom, inference task cards, reading strategy assessments and rubrics, sticky note reading activities, and even a comprehensive reading guide for a popular novel! It has close to 700 ratings and is a 4.0 resource!