Making the most of your Reading Groups

Posted by Teresa M. on Dec 9, 2015 11:23:33 AM
Pupils In Class Using Digital Tablet With Teacher
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
High Interest with Low Reading Level High Interest with High Reading Level
Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 8.07.47 PMFrom the publisher, "cats make excellent farm hands. They are successful hunters always on the lookout for mice. Beginning readers will learn about the features and behaviors of farm cats. Blastoff! Series." Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 8.10.00 PMFrom the publisher, " Full of amazing, real-life stories, Siamese: Talk to Me! recounts the breed's history, personality, suitability as a pet, and the special characteristics that set it apart from other breeds. Cat lovers will agree that it's the purr-fect read!"
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!
 

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Common Core, Differentiation, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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