Reading groups are vital to the success of struggling readers. However, it is beneficial to all readers. So, how can you make the most of your reading group time?
1. Flexible Grouping-Too often there is a stigma associated with grouping students. However, making your groups flexible allows students to move up and down groups.
2. Skill Groups vs. Reading Levels-Focus on a skill during a lesson will allow you to group your students. IF your students have already reached mastery on the skill, you can do a more advanced activity.
3. Interest Grouping-This is a great way to involve students regardless of reading level. Use Big Universe and find resources on a variety of levels and topics. Example: Animals
4. Foster a love of reading and confidence during whole classroom activities-I enjoy reading stories aloud and using different voices. My students love this activity. I make a set of card with different expressions or accents. Next, I select a story. (Use a projector and screen) Have students select a card and say a sentence or paragraph using that expressive voice. (My students' favorite is a foreign accent!)
5. Have fun!