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Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

Leveled Reading in Kindergarten Free Download

October 13 Deedee 2 min read

Leveled reading guide for kindergarten and first grade with a FREE Parent’s Guide to Leveled Reading. Kindergarten Leveled Reading is my jam!   Ok… honestly, I am a life long learner of the best practices surrounding guided reading.

Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

Leveled reading guide: Professional Reading

Like I said… I read a lot!  I first started using guided reading when I was a teacher in San Diego. I had a classroom of 22+ students in a school with 96% ESL students.  Students came in with a varied educational background, so I HAD to differentiate my instruction. Fountas and Pinnell’s book Guiding Reading  (aff) was by my side continuously! When I moved to the mid-west and taught 2nd grade, I thought students might be closer in abilities in my classroom… boy was I wrong. Like you, I had students who were reading 2-grade levels above and 2-grade levels below the expectation. So I stuck with guided reading.

When I became our district’s instructional coach, the first thing we implemented was… you guessed it… guided reading. Our staff dove into Debbie Diller’s book Making the Most of Small Groups (aff). I have read and reread this book at least 5 times! So good!

THEN I fell in love with Jan Richardson’s book  The Next Steps in Guided Reading. (aff). This is such a practical guide. Again… this is one to read again and again.

All of these books combined, plus my experience in teaching guided reading brought me to my current understanding of guided reading. It is an evolution that is still taking shape.

Leveled reading guide: The Leveled Texts

Finding leveled texts to use can be difficult.  I should say… it is easy to find them, but they can be expensive… $45 for 6 sets of books… YOWZA! So Deanna Jump and I decide to write our own. We used everything we have learned, plus our experience to create them.  You can find all of these LEVELED TEXTS HERE.

Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

Additionally,  we added the lesson plans to accompany them! Each book has a 2-day lesson plan with word work, sentence work, and writing!

Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

UPDATE:  Sorry, this webinar recording is no longer available.  Find out about my future webinars by clicking HERE.

Kindergarten Leveled Reading post with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

Leveled reading guide: Parent Communication

One of the things I would give to parents during conferences was a Parent’s Guide to Reading Levels.  This helps explain WHY we teach guided reading and the progression from one level to the next.  I found this to be invaluable!  I recently updated them because they were OLD and TIRED looking!   You can grab your free copy at the end of this post!

Leveled reading guide for kindergarten and first grade with a FREE Parent's Guide to Leveled Reading. Small group guided reading is a perfect way to differentiate your student's learning. Keep parents in your classroom by adding this communication tool.

 

You can click in this box to grab your FREE File.

62 Comments

  • Dee October 14 at 6:09 am

    FYI you typed Kathy Richardson when it is Jan Richardson — the guru! LOL Thanks for sharing this resource. I will use it for my upcoming PTCs.

    • Deedee October 14 at 9:21 am

      GAH! Thank you! I am getting my math and reading gurus confused. THANK! YOU!!!!

  • Bridget Buford October 15 at 7:14 am

    Is it possible to view the webinar at a different time if you register for the webinar? The Pacific time is right when I am driving home. I have signed up and will definitely try to make it work but was just wondering if I could still see it if I cannot make the time work. Thank you for all you do!

    • Deedee October 15 at 11:16 am

      Hi there! Yes! There will be a replay available!

      • Bridget Buford October 15 at 12:32 pm

        Great, thank you so much!

  • Jill Tomkins October 15 at 9:17 am

    I just had my PTC’s and wish I had this resource. I’m unable to find the link to download. Am I missing it somewhere on this page?

    • Jill Tomkins October 15 at 9:23 am

      Nevermind, I figured it out! Duh! Thank you!!

      • Deedee October 15 at 11:17 am

        Ha! Ha! I am so glad you found it!

  • Kim White October 15 at 9:22 am

    Unfortunately I have another appointment on Oct 26 but would love to hear your Webinar. Will it be recorded and available on your blog or offered another date? Thanks!!

    • Deedee October 15 at 11:17 am

      Hi there! Yes! There will be a replay available!

  • ASully October 16 at 6:33 am

    I can’t find the free link either.

    • Deedee October 16 at 8:07 am

      Hi there, if you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will see the box to grab it πŸ™‚

  • Sandra Garcia October 16 at 2:04 pm

    can you send me a link for resources for leveled readers in spanish.

    • Deedee October 16 at 2:09 pm

      I’m sorry, I don’t have leveled resources in Spanish.

  • Meaghan October 19 at 8:30 pm

    Deedee, I love your products and am so thankful for your sharing of your knowledge and expertise. I appreciate your sharing of a parent letter on how we teach reading. I copied it to handout at conference time. I did find one typing error and I am unable to correct it on my own.

    In the vocabulary square… with should by when

    πŸ™‚

    • Deedee October 24 at 8:14 am

      Thank you! I think it is now fixed πŸ˜‰

  • Breeana October 21 at 1:17 pm

    Hi DeeDee! Thank you for this post and freebie! I have tried to find the freebie link for the last 20 minutes on a PC, iPad, and iPhone and I just can’t find it even after clicking on nearly everything. Could you help me? I’d love to use this for conferences next week! Thanks!

    • Deedee October 24 at 8:13 am

      Hi there!

      It is all the way to the bottom of the page. I was told that there was a glitch in the system that has now been fixed. Email me if you get stuck again. [email protected]

    • Deedee October 25 at 9:15 am

      Hi Breeana,

      I looked into this and saw that your email had been put in wrong. You put an “n” instead of an “m” in your email address. Can you try it again?

  • Sarah October 24 at 8:08 am

    I am having a hard time finding the link for the freebie link as well. Can you help me too? My e-mail is [email protected].
    THANK YOU!

    • Deedee October 24 at 8:12 am

      Hi Sarah!

      Yes, it is the last thing in the post. All the way to the bottom. πŸ™‚

  • Carina October 27 at 3:49 pm

    I finally got to watch the webinar- on replay- I was soo disappointed to miss yesterday- it was funny though- I’d set up so many alarms to remind me – and then had an emergency dash with my daughter ( it was AM here)- I kept having to turn off all sorts of alarms.
    I know you are going to address the live questions and you did address some of mine- I have another- do you ever revisit the books studied either as a fun read( I presume you would) or for those struggling re do the same text in small group instruction. We have set texts for study and set fun texts( but I’m a rule breaker).
    Thanks again

    • Deedee October 28 at 12:03 pm

      Hi there!

      The replay should be coming out soon!
      So, with our 2 day lesson plan, we reread the book again on the second day. I generally collect the book after a few days with the student because I need them for another group. I could give them the black and white copy though… that way it would not eat my ink! Ha!

  • Lidnsay October 28 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Deedee, I am having a hard time finding the link as well. I put in my email address and was sent a file, but it looks different that what is pictured. Is there a tri-folded version for the different levels like in the picture? We are so enjoying all of your stuff at our school!

    • Deedee October 28 at 1:51 pm

      Lindsay, I just downloaded the parent guide to be sure I did not attach the wrong file. So you should be downloading a PDF that is a tri-fold version… I just checked it and that is what I got. So strange.

      • Lidnsay October 28 at 2:10 pm

        Thank you for checking. I was sent A Parent’s Guide to Phonemic Awareness. It looks like more of a packet. Would you mind sending me the trifold handout, please? [email protected] Thanks!

  • Vicky October 29 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Deedee! I sat in on the webinar this past week and have purchased 2 sets to start my guided reading groups. I have a question about the printed card sets for use during the Word Work (beginning sound cards, rhyming cards, etc.)—does each child get their OWN set or am I using those from my seat and we work as a group with them? Even with all the glitches during the webinar, it was FABULOUS and I am so excited to begin using these resources with my kids!

    • Deedee October 31 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Vicky! You could if you wanted, but since this is a quick activity, I just print one set.

  • Jessica Stolz October 31 at 7:48 am

    I LOVE this resource Deedee! I have been looking for something to give to parents that explains how we do guided reading – this is perfect! I love that you even differentiated the pamphlets for different reading levels. This is a gold mine! Thanks so much! Looking forward to your future posts on responses to questions from the webinar too πŸ™‚

    • Deedee October 31 at 9:04 am

      Thank you so MUCH!!!

  • Libby Jones November 10 at 8:07 am

    Hello! I signed up to receive your emails and I have tried clicking on the link for the parents guide to reading levels. I keep getting an email with phonemic awareness info for parents? Help!

    • Deedee November 13 at 7:34 pm

      Hi there!

      You actually have to click the link that is at the very bottom of the post. I just checked it and it is working correctly. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and put your info in the box.

  • Megan January 12 at 11:48 am

    What benchmark book series do you recommend?

    • Deedee January 15 at 3:25 pm

      We used the DRA, but Fountas and Pinnell would work in the same way. πŸ™‚

  • Janelle February 20 at 9:24 pm

    I have parent teacher conferences later this week and would love to hand out the leveled reading parent guide. However, I have tried on two different conmputers and can’t get the box to pop up. Can you send it to me? It looks like a wonderful resource!

    • Janelle February 20 at 9:31 pm

      Nevermind! Once I used my school email address instead of my gmail address I was able to get the email and the download. Thanks!

      • Deedee February 20 at 9:37 pm

        Woo hoo! I was just coming in to edit my comment with my email address! I’m glad you got it, but if you need anything else… [email protected]

    • Deedee February 20 at 9:35 pm

      It is probably because you are using a school email. Can you try another email address? School emails are often blocked by the school admin settings.

  • LeAnne March 14 at 6:22 am

    Do you plan on making a brochure like these for levels J-R by any chance? I’m a reading interventionist and could use this up through 4th grade πŸ™‚ It’s such a great resource, thank you!

    • Deedee March 14 at 9:40 am

      You are welcome! I wish I did, but I really don’t have anything to share for the upper levels. I am sorry!

  • Stephanie Gildenmeister May 21 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Deedee! I love this parent guide! I had a question. How do you communicate to parents about how their child is progressing with regards to their reading throughout the school year? The report card in my district does not report this so I am searching for the best way to give parents frequent and understandable feedback about their child’s reading development. Thank you!

    • Deedee May 30 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      I use the ESGI reports. I send them home at least every two weeks. It helps communicate their child’s progress. We also have a report card that goes home every quarter and had mid-quarter progress reports too. BUT the ESGI reports gave the best information.

  • Jocelyn June 3 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Deedee,

    Is there a recording of the webinar on guided reading?

    Thanks!

    • Deedee June 5 at 8:12 am

      Hi Jocelyn,

      I just added a link to this blog post. Thank you!!!!

  • Rhonda Manning June 11 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Deedee,
    Did you send out a link recently that had activities and sight words for each reading level. I am thinking it was a post about creating these items this summer? I use your leveled set very successfully but I am thinking I have seen a document stating what the student should know at each level?

    • Deedee June 13 at 7:54 pm

      No, I don’t think that was me. The download in this post gives an overview of the level though. Hmm… now I am wondering who that was… Ha!

  • Judy August 25 at 6:09 am

    I was wondering if it is possible to access some of these freebies, without signing up for e-mail. I’m already on your list and receive your e-mails, so I don’t want to keep signing up in order to receive the free files. I love this pamphlet as well as some of your other things, but all require signing up again. I’m not very good with technology, so I may be missing something! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your help! Sincerely, Judy

    • Deedee August 26 at 9:50 pm

      I’m sorry, I don’t have them in a shared file setting yet. Perhaps in the future (but that is a whole new level of technology that is above my head…ha!) Don’t worry… as long as you use the same email, you won’t get multiple emails from me when I send them out.

  • Gigi January 15 at 11:36 am

    Can you please send me the pamphlets? They are amazing and so helpful for parents.

    • Deedee January 15 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Gigi,

      Just add your email to the box at the end of the blog post and they will be sent automatically to your inbox. πŸ™‚

  • Claire January 29 at 1:37 pm

    I am looking to download your Parent’s Guide- Reading levels AA- E. When I clicked nothing happened :/ Can you help me?

    • Deedee January 31 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Claire, I pushed it out to you. You should have received an email in your inbox that you will need to click on πŸ™‚

  • Jean May 21 at 10:27 pm

    I am looking to download your Parent’s Guide- Reading levels AA- E. When I clicked nothing happened :/ Can you help me?

    • Deedee May 23 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, you just need to put your email address in at the bottom of the blog post and it will be sent right to you. πŸ™‚

  • Frankie September 6 at 2:08 pm

    Do you have pamphlets available that go beyond level J?

    • Deedee September 8 at 5:25 pm

      I am sorry, I do not πŸ™

  • Christine Okada March 2 at 11:21 pm

    Do you have the Parent F&P pamphlet in Spanish?

    • Deedee March 3 at 5:20 pm

      If you download it, you will see there is a Spanish version included. A teacher helped me out with them! YAY!

  • Stefanie July 12 at 6:45 pm

    On the parent guide for reading levels…what do the numbers mean after the level (ie. E 6-8)?? Thanks

    • Deedee July 19 at 3:52 pm

      Those are DRA levels πŸ™‚

  • Maria November 17 at 9:07 pm

    Im not aboe to download the free parent guide

    • Deedee December 2 at 8:27 pm

      You may want to check your spam folder πŸ™‚

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