I absolutely love teaching guided reading. Supporting beginning readers and giving them the instruction they need is such a rewarding job. I put all of my best resources into a Guided Reading Intervention MEGA Bundle full of activities for guided reading to help equip other teachers with meaningful resources too. These are perfect for use before, during, or after reading groups. Read on to learn more about this bundle and the activities included!
The Benefits of Guided Reading
Why is guided reading important? It is a systematic way of approaching reading and literacy. You meet your students at their specific level and provide them with guided reading activities that will help them be the most successful readers. Your students will be engaged in the learning and have ample opportunities to practice their skills in different ways.
You will also be able to see which students are ready to move on to another skill and which students need to spend more time on a particular skill. Each new skill builds on prior knowledge, making this approach seamless for students. They will review skills as they work on new ones. Your students will feel successful and build confidence while they learn how to read!
Alphabet & Sounds Practice
The first reading skills we cover are the letter names and sounds. There are a variety of activities for guided reading included to practice the alphabet, alphabet sounds, beginning sounds, and short vowel sounds. Alphabet activities will help your students master the very beginning skills needed to become rockstar readers.
Word Work Practice
Once the students have mastered their letter names and sounds, they are ready for word work. During word work, your students use their knowledge of letter sounds to help them decode words. We focus on decoding CVC words first because they are the easiest to learn. Once your students know how to read and write CVC words, they can begin to learn CVCe words, words with blends and digraphs, vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, and diphthongs. The activities we use during guided reading help our students learn to read and write with vowel patterns. We use a variety of games and printables to make the learning engaging. Your students will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning!
While your students are mastering the skills of decoding and word work, they can also begin reading! To help them learn to read, we use resources that focus on word families and similar vowel patterns. They start to see patterns in words and are able to decode quickly and easily. These activities help to ensure that the students are not guessing when they’re reading, but are instead applying their decoding and reading skills to read words and sentences correctly.
The last part of becoming a strong reader it putting all those skills together and reading with fluency. With repetition, your students will be able to read short vowel words, long vowel words, sight words, and simple sentences fluently. We practice reading with our I Can Read! reading passages to build confidence. The passages also include intervention activities to help make sure that all of our readers feel successful.