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Guided Reading – Grades 3-6. Diane Kennedy Instructional Coach Sioux Falls School District. Objectives of this Session. To provide a quick overview of Reading Workshop in the intermediate grades To discuss the purpose/goals of guided reading

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guided reading grades 3 6

Guided Reading –Grades 3-6

Diane Kennedy

Instructional Coach

Sioux Falls School District

objectives of this session
Objectives of this Session
  • To provide a quick overview of Reading Workshop in the intermediate grades
  • To discuss the purpose/goals of guided reading
  • To discuss how to assess and group your students for guided reading
  • To provide you with interactive activities for before, during and after a guided reading lesson
reading workshop in intermediate
Reading Workshop in Intermediate
  • Language/word work

Vocabulary Work Poetry

Spelling Sorts Read Aloud


  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Literature Circles
reading instruction
Reading Instruction
  • Students must adjust their strategies as they read for different purposes or for new genres.
  • Students need to learn how to organize their knowledge in order to summarize or draw inferences from increasingly difficult text.
  • Explicit instruction is needed for most students and will make reading more meaningful.
  • Reading is thinking!
best practice in reading
-Teacher reading good literature aloud to students

-Time for independent reading

-Children’s choice of their own reading material

-Balance of easy and hard books

-Exposing children to a wide and rich range of literature

-Teacher modeling and discussing his/her own reading processes

-Primary instruction emphasis on comprehension

-Teaching reading as a process

-Social, collaborative activities with much discussion and interaction

-Grouping by interests or book choice

-Silent reading followed by discussion

-Teaching skills in the context of whole and meaningful literature

-Writing before and after reading

-Use of reading in the content area

_Evaluation focused on holistic, higher order thinking processes

-Measuring success of reading program by student’s reading habits, attitudes and comprehension

-Students compelled to read aloud to whole class or reading group, being corrected and marked down for errors

-Exclusive emphasis on whole class or reading group activities

-Teacher selection of all reading materials for individuals and groups

-Exclusively difficult “instructional level” books

-Relying on selections in the basal

-Teacher keeping his/her own reading tastes and habits private

-Primary instructional emphasis on reading subskills such as phonics, word analysis and syllabication

-Teaching reading as a single, one step act

-Solitary seatwork

-Grouping by reading level

-Round robin reading

-Teaching isolated skills in phonics workbooks/drills

-Little or no chance to write

-Segregation of reading to reading time

-Evaluation focused on individual, low level subskills

-Measuring success of reading program only by test scores

Best Practice in Reading
guided reading
Guided Reading

The aim of guided reading is to develop independent readers who question, consider alternatives, and make informed choices as they seek meaning

Margaret Mooney

purpose of guided reading
Purpose of Guided Reading
  • To allow the teacher an opportunity to model how readers think, make personal connections to the text, and to go beyond the text.
  • To bring together groups of students who are similar in their reading behavior.
  • To provide specific and focused instruction
  • To teach at the cutting edge of your student’s understanding
  • To integrate content areas into reading
  • To meet the instructional needs of your students!
setting up your classroom
Setting Up Your Classroom
  • Classroom library that is labeled based on genre, author, theme, nonfiction, chapter, magazines, leveled
  • Go to Beth Newingham’s website to print out labels and see more examples
other areas in the room
Other Areas in the Room
  • Meeting Area for Read Aloud
  • Smart board area
  • Writing Center with materials
  • Areas for small groups to meet
  • Technology
  • Reference area
  • Guided Reading area

Highlighters, writing material, dry erase boards,

grouping and selecting text
Grouping and Selecting Text
  • Assess with DRA/STAR testing

Provides level, as well as strengths/weaknesses

  • Group for a variety of reasons:

Fluency Interests

Reading level Areas of concern

Text structure

Groups must be flexible!

  • Basal
  • Leveled readers provided with basal or in book room
  • Magazine articles, such as National Geographic
  • Newspaper articles
  • Short passages
  • Poetry
  • Plays/Reader’s Theater

When we ignore the before stage of reading, rush students through the during reading stage, and focus all our attention on the after reading stage, we are working from the position of tester, not teacher.Real Reading, Real Writing: Content Area StrategiesDonna Topping and Roberta McManus

getting your community of readers started
Getting Your Community Of Readers Started
  • Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6

Authors: Fountas and Pinnell

The First 20 Days

*Selecting books (how readers choose books, making good book choices)

*How to buzz about books.

*Fiction vs. Nonfiction (different kinds of


*Writing responses to your reading

*Abandoning books

before reading strategies
Before Reading Strategies
  • Introduce vocabulary
  • Predicting
  • Making connections
  • Questioning
  • Level the playing ground, welcomes everyone into the conversation and learning in our classroom
  • Activities: word sorts, anticipation guide, three columns, predict/view/prove
during reading strategies
During Reading Strategies
  • Monitor reading
  • Inferring, making connections, synthesizing, predicting, questioning
  • Activities: word sort, “Prove It” with highlighters, write around the text
after reading strategies
After Reading Strategies
  • Retelling/summarizing
  • Answering questions/more questions
  • Confirming predictions
  • Activities: word sort, which graphic organizer goes with this text, anticipation guide, reader’s notebook, interactive conversation , carousel walk
what are the rest of the students doing while you meet with groups
What are the rest of the students doing while you meet with groups?
  • Reader’s Notebook (see example)
  • Talking with others about their reading
  • Independent reading time
  • Working on any work from Guided Reading group
  • Computer research
  • Literature Circles/book clubs
home school connection
Home/school Connection
  • Weekly reading logs

specific genre


  • Grade level portaportals