Guided Reading — Reading Strategies

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Week 1 – Connecting and Predicting

Although our “readers” have had much practice with these skills during our novel study on Shiloh, we took the time to review the importance of making connections and predictions.

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As the students listened to the story Fly Away Home, read aloud, the students made predictions and connections to the text.

To further practice these strategies, the students used their independent novels to make predictions and connections! They even made predictions as to what their Guided Reading novels will be about!

Week 2 – Inferring

During the second week of Guided Reading, our “readers” learned about inferring. After listening to the story, How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story, the class worked together making inferences on various quotes from the text.

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To further practice this strategy, the students used their Guided Reading novels to make inferences!

Week 3 – Questioning

During the third week of Guided Reading, our “readers” learned about questioning. Using the story, The Stranger, the students asked questions before, during, and after the story was read.

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To further practice this strategy, the students used their Guided Reading novels to record questions before, during, and after reading their assigned chapters. The pictures below show samples of question logs kept by the students.

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Week 4 – Monitoring & Clarifying

During the fourth week of Guided Reading, our “readers” learned strategies for monitoring and clarifying as they read. Using the story, Jumangi, the students monitored their comprehension and used “fix-it” strategies to clear up any confusion.

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To further practice this strategy, the students used their Guided Reading novels to actively monitor and clarify their comprehension. The pictures below show samples of the “Monitoring & Clarifying” logs kept by the students.

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Week 5 – Visualizing

During the fifth week of Guided Reading, our “readers” learned how to visualize a story. After listening to The Seashore Book read aloud, the students used their background knowledge to construct mental images of the story.

After verbally sharing out their mental images, our students were asked to read the following quote from the text, and illustrate their mental image. Check out some of the illustartions below.

Quote: “You lie down in the hot noonday sun now, and it feels warm as a big soft cat covering you.”

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To further practice this skill, our “readers” actively made mental images as they read their Guided Reading novel. The pictures below show samples of some of the visualizations students made as they read independently.

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Week 6 – Summarizing

During the sixth week of Guided Reading, our “readers” revisited the strategy of summarizing. After listening to Smoky Night read aloud, the students worked together to summarize the story.

Through the use of the “Somebody…Wanted…But…Then… So…” framework and their knowledge of story elements, the students were able to construct a cohesive summary.

 

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To further practice this skill, our “readers” summarized their assigned chapters by illustrating and explaining the main idea of each chapter. The pictures below show samples of some of the summaries students made after they read independently.

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Week 7 – Synthesizing

During the final week of Guided Reading, our “readers” were introduced to the reading strategy known as synthesis. In a nutshell, when students synthesize, they apply all the other reading strategies, in order to formulate new meaning. After listening to The Giving Tree read aloud, the students discussed the themes of the story and how these themes changed their thinking.

After finishing their guided reading novels, students answered the questions pictured below to help them synthesize what they read. What great conversation we had when the responses to these questions were discussed!

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