Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guided Reading- Basal and D5 AND a giveaway :)

Thanks for stopping back again!  Well I found out today where all the kids are hanging out this summer... at the Library!  I guess that is a good thing yet I wasn't prepared to run into 3 former students/parents and other students(I didn't know!!) yelling my name from across the library... ugh.  At least I didn't look like a complete slob like I do most of the summer.  Note to self... dress nicely when dropping off the little one to storytime.
 
To continue with my guided reading journey, today I'd like to talk about how I fit guided reading with the dreaded Basal AND Daily 5.  Yikes!!  Of course don't have the magic answer; and I'm not even sure if I have it completely worked out just yet.  It has definitely been a learning experience with many ups and downs.  It's best to learn about your students and do what works best for that year and tweak it each year after that.  Here is a sampling of what I did this past year that worked pretty well.

Below is a snippet of my plan book-

As you can see I start off the week with the Basal story introduction (I should add I don't do the Basal EVERY WEEK- I'd shoot myself If I did!!)  Then for my first round of Daily 5 I do something Basal related- so on Monday I do a Read to Self with the Basal.  Then on Tuesday the students to a Read to Someone with the story.  On Wednesday we do a Listen to Reading with the Basal on Tape.  All during these times I am able to include my shared reading focus of the week- whatever it might be.  Also, during these times I am able to pull a guided reading group OR do an individual conference- again depending on the day and time.

Here is a sample of my guided reading group sheet(sorry this is the best I could get it!)
So this past year I had 4 groups.  I had 3 rounds of Daily 5.  I was either pulling a guided reading group or doing a conference.  I made sure to meet with my intervention group more often so that they would get extra attention.  I felt like I got so much more out of conferencing so I made that a priority.  My groups switched pretty often depending on how they were doing in the group and how they did on the running records that I gave. (at the bottom of this sheet is my student's names- that part got cut off)

So to make it all fit... for example.... on Monday during my first round of Daily 5 the ENTIRE class would do read to self with the Basal, but I pull my intervention kids and we read from our intervention text (as the Basal was not appropriate for their level).  The same goes for Tuesday and Wednesday on the first round.  On each other round I was either working with another group or meeting with students individually.

Yikes... did that even make sense??  I'd LOVE to hear how you make it all work? 

RESULTS from yesterday's giveaway:
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CONGRATS LORI!! :)
So... I'm giving away another Word Family Pack (great for your guided reading groups!)- BUT you need to leave a comment telling me a guided reading tip you have!  Remember to leave your email and be a follower :)  I will pick one lucky commenter at random tonight!

****Tomorrow I have another awesome FREEBIE and tip- so stop on back (and if you don't win the giveaway- come back and enter again)!!  Thanks so much for hangin' with me!
ps.. I forgot to mention that the next blog that will be featured on Teacher Tips Tuesday will be:

be on the look out for her GREAT tips next Tuesday!!
Thanks,

23 comments:

  1. I start out with a whole group lesson first, then explain the current assignment before my TA and I take our groups for the day's lesson. I have been reading about the Daily 5 and will try to incorporate it this school year:)

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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    1. Yes, daily 5 all the way! I made the switch 2 years ago and I'll never look back!!

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  2. I find balancing the Basal with D5 to be such a challenge, but I'm constantly looking for tips on how to make it work so thank you for sharing how you roll :) My tip is to pull your 2-4 lowest kiddos for additional small group reading intervention while the rest of your class is doing D.E.A.R. or Read to Self time. For me finding enough time is always half the battle so this is a way to squeeze in an extra 15 minutes daily.

    Stephanie :)
    Fallingintofirst@gmail.com

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  3. During my guided reading lessons, I have my students use these pointers I made. They are colored popsicle sticks and I hot glued a sparkly craft ball-puff-cannot think of what the correct name is right now. Anyway, I let my students use these and they love it when they are reading the text. Just a thought!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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    1. Are the used for tracking? I love that idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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    2. Yes I am sorry I should have said that! LOL

      kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  4. I am with you on trying what works best for you. Between wacky schedules, only one teacher (me!), a basal to adhere to and whatever else, I figure I shouldn't stress over the ideal situation...it won't be happening in my room!

    Thanks for your take on how to balance everything!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. Something tht worked for me was giving my students fairy wands to use as pointers as they read. What is also nice is that the middle of the pointer top was open so I could ask students to find certain words in the text and frame it with the pointer. They loved usin the fairy wands - even the boys which surprised me a little bit! I
    Liz

    langhoff.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  6. I always make sure each student has an individual whiteboard at small reading group. When we preview the story, they write down 1 question they want to know about it. We write down unfamiliar vocabulary words, and at the end they write a sentence or 2 about the story. They seem to respond well to it. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. I point out any vocabulary words that students may not know yet (or especially with ESL students explain what it is if they are not familiar with it) before we read it. I do this while we go through the book and look at the pictures and make predictions about what we think the book is about.

    Swimming Into Learning
    swimmingintolearningblog@gmail.com

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  8. I have used anticipation guides with nonfiction basal stories. It is fun to see the kids' reactions when we go back and check them after they have read the story. I have them find the page that shows whether the statement is true or false. Just a little something different to try.
    Sara
    Sub.scribe@yahoo.com

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  9. Wow! I just found your blog! Thanks for sharing such great tips for guided reading. We recently started doing the Foutnas and Pinnel Balanced Literacy program so thankfully we don't have to use the basal anymore. I follow lots of teachers on their blogs and on Pinterest and see a lot about the Daily 5. I have never used it per se but some of the same elements are found in other guided reading programs. Stop by my blog if you get a chance...

    Thanks...Patti
    http://talesfroma4thand5thgradeteacher.blogspot.com

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  10. I gave you the Versatile Blogger award!!! Come on over and grab your award!

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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    1. WOW... that is so awesome Tonya! Thanks!!

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  11. My tip came from a guided reading workshop I attended. Give your readers a red and green straw to use as pointers. They use the green until they get stuck on a word. When you see "red" you know they need you!
    Melissa
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  12. I LOVE LOVE all the ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

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  13. I have a notebook for each group. In the notebook, each students has a divider with their name on it. I keep all running records and any other notes pertaining to that particular student. It helps me to be reflective and it is also documentation for my principal as well as parents.

    Ashlee
    Www.funin2.blogspot.com
    Aldaniels15@yahoo.com

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  14. loove these ideas!! i was so glad i found your blog. i'm currently student teaching and we're also taking classes. class right is consisting of basal exploration. i was curious as to how you handle organization those CRAZY basals...how you decide what you use...what you don't use...kind of your daily routine. thanks!! once again, i think your blog is great!!

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    1. Hi Katherine! Thanks for following! :) The basal is NOT my favorite thing... it's a good reading level for about 50% of my class. Therefore... I use it as a way to introduce new strategies and that's about it. We reread from it a lot and listen to it on tape/cd. I pick and choose the stories mainly based on the "theme" or time of the year. Otherwise I use a lot of picture books/read alouds to do my shared reading lessons and then a ton of leveled readers for guiding reading. Please email me if you have more questions... I love helping student teachers/new teachers!! treb21@comcast.net
      Tori

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