I've recently opened my TpT store (it literally has only been a few days), so I have been reworking things and creating new things all week to add it to. I'd love for you to check my store out here! One thing I am constantly reworking is my independent reading time. We do Reader's Workshop, so after our 15 minute mini-lesson (on a lucky day) students go off to independently read while I pull groups. One goal of mine this year was to meet with 3 groups a day. So far, most days, I manage that!! But it takes serious pre-planning and organization to do so. Cue my godsend: Reading A-Z.
If you haven't checked out Reading A-Z... you are missing out! It's a wealth of resources. I use it to plan most of my guided reading groups as well as my intervention groups. It is a TOTAL time saver.
I love that I can find books based on F & P levels since that is what our school uses! They have both fiction and non-fiction books for each level.
Once you choose your book, you print them off and assemble them (you can also project them on a SMARTboard as well if you don't want to make the books)! It comes with a lesson plan for the book (which I find has TOO much... however, it does allow me to pick and choose- I also could ditch the lesson plan altogether if I feel my group needs something else, but it's nice to know the resources are there especially for sub days).
You get a ton of graphic organizers, discussion questions, and one of my favorites the comprehension quizzes for each book (more on that lower down).
They also have Paired Reading books for you to use to help compare/contrast. This is HUGE for me, as our state test now has students read two separate passages on similar topics and answer questions on them.
This is something new that I found: they even have resources for trade books! Graphic organizers, lesson plans, the works! Ah-Ma-Zing. Now, I don't pay for this- our school does. But I totally would even if the school didn't now that I see the wealth of resources it has.
One thing I LOVE about Reading A-Z is the comprehension quizzes. I use them in different ways based on my groups, and have found a way to organize my data in a way that allows me to know exactly how each student is doing. Introducing- my 'group' folders:
|Very fancy and high-tech... I know.|
I have one label with their name and where I will keep track of their reading level progress over the year. I left their levels at school, so that is still empty. I have 2 other labels then too:
1 label is for when I am conferring with students in small group (see below). I jot down miscues, notes, errors. I also write down 1 strength (s) and 1 teaching point (tp). These labels were made my team member. I have since made some others that I will use once these run out.
The other label keeps track of their comprehension quizzes. I record the date, level, score, and if it was a pre or post test. Once I score it, I note what area they need help in most and write that on the line for future lessons. I accidentally put these labels in the wrong order on this friends page (oops).
I also sometimes (mainly for my two higher groups) give them their book, give them some quick background knowledge on it, then send them off to read and do the quiz. I call this a pre-quiz, because I am not doing any teaching with the book. I then can score it and notice what skills my students are struggling with most. I love doing it like this, because sometimes it's harder to see what guidance my high kids need. This has worked great so far, and I feel like I'm totally allowing them to guide my instruction.
Reading A-Z is a great resource, but I still like to create some of my own things to tailor to my students and classroom (especially my higher readers- although A-Z does now include literature circle plans for their books). I noticed I didn't have any notes on my highest group and wanted to change that. I used my knowledge of Reading A-Z book construction and created my own Book Club booklet for Judy Blume's Superfudge and labels to go with that.
You can pick up this chapter-by-chapter reflective student book from my TpT store. It has 3 focuses per chapter, a note and question page, and a reading assignment page. I made labels like the ones above that I can use for note-taking with this group. Below are directions on how to assemble the booklet.
The longest blog post of all time is wrapping up. Click on the picture below to check out the labels in my TpT store! They're free! Have a great week everyone!