Welcome back to the Primary Pack! It's Dianna here with you today from, Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching.
I currently am at a year around school in North Carolina & I am still on Winter Intersession! So I am going to enjoy my last weekend off before the 3rd 9 weeks starts on Monday. On that note, I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday vacation & I wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Today I'm here to share with you my small group reading instruction materials & plan for primary grades. I do not have a class of my own anymore, nor do I pull small groups. But I do go into classrooms to help with a variety of tasks so I have to keep my materials in tow. I will be starting to do some work on Monday in a 1st Grade Classroom so I have prepped my materials & plan to conduct reading groups.
Remember, small group reading instruction can vary from class to class, group to group or grade to grade. Your small group instruction needs to connect to data or current Tier 1 instruction for students who need more explicit instruction. Always make sure you have a meaningful goal in mind for each small group!
So I spent some time today dragging items home from my building to prep over the weekend for Monday ---->
My Prepared Supplies:
I LOVE my large flexible basket from Hobby Lobby because of the handles it carries like a bag but I can fit more items in a more organized fashion.
Expandable folders are my best friend! I use them for everything at school & at home. It is easy for me to not only store loose materials in, but to organize anything extra by groups in.
My 15 minute Small Group Routine:
Click HERE for a direct link to the Phonics Books!
Click HERE for a direct link to make your own Making Words Folder!
If you are thinking, "5 minutes, that's it?" you are not wrong. But let me remind you, that this plan focuses on students from the ages of Kindergarten ~ 2nd Grade. That is 5 years old ~ 8 years old. This is 5 minutes "in the text". For the other time out of the text, we are still reading new or old words, practicing phonics, thinking about reading [which is also "in the text" during our book walk] & talking/writing about reading. For that age group, it ends up being a lot, but powerful. Guided reading is not sustained independent reading, which we would like this age group to do alone for 15 minutes+. Guiding reading is giving students the tools to successfully read independently. In a perfect world we would love to have 20-30 minutes of small group instruction, but with scheduling and 25+ 6 & 7 year olds in the classroom, you make the most of every minute you have.
Most importantly, group structure is flexible & interchangeable. You do what your students need at that time to help them grow!
I have created a FREEBIE for our readers in 2 versions to use on your own. Remember, we always need to plan ahead for our small groups. I hope you find these options simple & easy to use ---->
Here's a sample of one of my plans for next week ---->
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I hope this is helpful information to you & you get good use out of it! Thank you for reading!
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