Kindergarten Leveled Reading is my jam! Ok… honestly, I am a life long learner of the best practices surrounding guided 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.
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.
Additionally, we added the lesson plans to accompany them! Each book has a 2-day lesson plan with word work, sentence work, and writing!
Recently I asked those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, to send me a note. I wanted to know what YOU all needed help with. I made a list and at the top of the list was guided reading. Well, the timing is perfect because I am doing a FREE Webinar to discuss guided reading and all of its components! You can click on the picture to sign up. UPDATE: Sorry, this webinar recording is no longer available. Find out about my future webinars by clicking HERE.
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!
I hope you will join me on October 26th!
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