Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guided Reading {Part II}

We have received numerous requests from teachers who follow our blog for some more in depth information about what kind of materials we use during guided reading each week.  Earlier in the year we posted information about “HOW” we organize, group and rotate our kids for guided reading.  Now we are going to give you some information about “WHAT” we do and use.

To read the earlier post and download the materials click {here}.

To begin with we probably need to tell you a little about our reading curriculum.  Our district uses the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series.  We absolutely LOVE this curriculum because everything correlates.  For example: our weekly sight words are integrated into all of the stories we read, there are leveled readers that incorporate the sight words and words that follow our target phonics skills for the week.  There are numerous paper readers that we can use to have students highlight specific words or spelling patterns, the spelling words each week match the phonics skills, etc . . . you get the point!!!  Long story short, it’s an all inclusive program.

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We are both BIG believers in having our students read as much as possible.  This means sending books home.  In the beginning this was a VERY frightening process.  For one, we worried that all of our little leveled readers wouldn’t be returned.  But, we laid our fears aside and trained our students and parents to read the materials in their daily reading folder and return them the following day.  Once in a while a book doesn’t get returned, but for the most part they all come back each day (or the day after in some cases).

We have a plastic three pronged folder for each student.  This is their reading folder.  Each folder has a note on the front that explains what to do with the materials inside.  It also reminds parents to help their child remember to return their folder the following day along with all of the materials.  Students take home their reading folders Monday-Thursday.  Inside there is a large Ziplock baggie that has been three hole punched for the students to keep their books in.  This helps protect the books that go home against spills or leaks in that may occur in their backpack. 

Students take home a set of Lightning Words each week in their folder.  These consist of our weekly sight words plus some decodable words.  Each night parents are supposed to time their child reading the words and record it at the bottom of the page.  The goal is to get faster and faster each night.  It seems like a game to the kids so they tend to be highly motivated to practice their words.  They are equally excited to show off their times at school the following day and earn a sticker for their sticker book.

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If you are a Houghton Mifflin user you might want to check out our Resource Pack which is available on TpT.  It includes a copy of the Lightning Words to go with each week as well as other items that supplement the series.

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In addition to the leveled readers that are available from Houghton Mifflin we also use a lot of books that we have purchased in sets from Scholastic (thanks to our bonus points) and books from Reading A-Z.  In order to send a book home each night we had to look to outside sources. 

Reading A-Z.com - Your Reading Resource Center

If you are not familiar with Reading A- Z you definitely need to head over and check it out.  It is a website that has everything you could possible need to teach reading.  Several years ago our school so graciously bought us all a yearly membership to the site and we have used it SO much.  To tell you the truth, we actually went a little crazy in the beginning.  It all began when we started sorting through the leveled readers and looking for books to supplement our thematic units.  We thought this would be a fun way to integrate our thematic units into our guided reading instruction.  To date we probably have over 100 sets of books assembled and ready to use throughout the year with all of our themes.  The great thing about all of these books is that they all come with lesson plans and printable worksheets. 

As you can see there are books that range in level from AA to Z.image

Then we discovered all of the books in the Phonics section of the website.image

We quickly got hooked on the Decodable Books and the Read-Aloud Books.  What we love about these books is they go right along with the phonics skills that we are teaching.  The Decodable Books are all designed to use with our on level to slightly below lever readers and the Read-Aloud Books work great with our above level readers.  So . . . we went crazy AGAIN and made ourselves class sets of nearly every title in these sections.  Now we have books to use every week that reinforce our target phonics skills.

We also made our own set of worksheets to go with these books.  We wanted to have a place where students could record words they found in the stories that matched our target phonics skills and some open response comprehension questions.  These worksheets are all available to purchase in our Reading A-Z Resource Pack which is available on TpT.  This download includes worksheets to go with all of the books that focus on short vowel, blends and digraphs.

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Now you may be thinking that we have totally lost our minds.  This is a LOT of books.  But, by creating class sets we can reuse them each year.  We printed the covers in color on cardstock and just copied the pages of the book on regular paper.  Then we assembled 8 copies of each book and marked them with a label so parents would know to return them.  We keep them organized in large envelopes near our guided reading tables so we have quick and easy access to them.

For you visual learners here are a few pictures . . .

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Reading A-Z is a website that requires you to have a yearly membership.  We can tell you it is definitely worth the money.  If you are looking for additional items to use with your kiddos during guided reading then you should look here first.  The good news is you can check it out free of charge.  They offer a 7 day free trial membership.

Now for the exciting news . . .

The nice folks over at Reading A-Z has been so kind and agreed to give away one free year long membership to one of our followers. 

This is an $84.95 value. 

There are four ways to enter . . .

1.  Post a comment and let us know how you would use these resources in your classroom.

2.  Become one of our followers on TpT and post a comment.

3.  Become a fan of Reading A-Z on Facebook and post a comment.

4.  Become a fan of Made For 1st Grade on Facebook and post a comment.

Good luck everyone!!! 

We will choose one lucky winner on Friday, September 30th.

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95 comments:

  1. I love this post! We use HM also and I have your resource pack, what a difference it is making this year. I have mini focus walls on my blog to go with the first grade HM curriculum. I am up to Theme 6, you can head on over and download them under the focus wall label, if you would like!

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  2. I already follow your tpt store and I love it!

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  3. I would definitely use this resource, this year especially! I am co-teaching and finding it overwhelming to be creative with 36 students. This would be a God-send for my small groups.

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  4. I became a fan of reading A-Z on facebook

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  5. I became a fan of your facebook page.

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  6. I am a fan of Reading A-Z on FB. (Janine Normandia Fernandez)

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  7. I am also a fan of Made for First Grade on FB (Janine Normandia Fernandez)

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  8. Ahhhh!!! I am so excited about this giveaway!!! I would use these resources as a supplement to my reading curriculum. You can never have enough great reading resources!!!

    Lisa
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  9. I follow you on TpT!!

    Lisa
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  10. I am a fan of Reading A-Z on FB!!

    Lisa
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  11. I would use reading a-z everyday. I would send home the printable books every day so my students could practice reading at home. I would also use the printable books during guided reading because we also use Houghton Mifflin.

    Jen

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  12. 1. I would love to use the Reading A-Z materials in my classroom. I would use them to work on specific sounds and spelling patterns with my students.

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  13. 2. Just followed your store on TPT

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  14. I follow your TPT store.

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  15. I follow you on Facebook.

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  16. 3. Just "liked" you on facebook! Thanks for the good stuff!

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  17. I love Reading A-Z and my membership is about to run out. I use it to give more leveled readers to my students because I have readers from B-R so it's hard to meet all their needs with the leveled readers in our reading series. I love the comprehension resources that come with each story. It's a great resource!

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  18. I follow Reading A-Z on Facebook.

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  19. I was a member of A-Z last year, but our school cut it out of the budget this year. I would use it to supplement our StoryTown series for my high and low kiddos! Crossing my fingers (and toes).
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  20. I am a fan of A-Z on Facebook!
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  21. I am a fan of yours on Facebook, love all the great ideas!
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  22. I follow you on TpT, love your work!

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  23. This subscription would make differentiating much easier. I LOVE Readingatoz.com, however, with all of the budget cuts I was unable to get it this year.

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  24. I follow your TpT store.

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  25. I "Like" Reading A-Z on FB.

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  26. I am a fan of Reading A-Z on Facebook!
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  27. I would love a membership to Reading A-Z. I have so many different levels in my classroom this year that I am overwhelmed with how to make sure they all have books that are at their level. This would be perfect!
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  28. I "Like" Made for 1st Grade on FB.

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  29. I used to have a subscription to Reading A-Z. I miss it terribly! I would use it to make more decodable books for my students to read in small groups and take home to read.
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  30. I follow your store.
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  31. OMG I'm freaking out! I can't believe your offering this! I already have your resource pack for HM and I love it! Actually my whole team bough it because it's just that wonderful! I use RAZ kids in the classroom and have previously used Reading A-Z and love sending those books home with the students. I was a member but lost it when I switched schools. I still have many books printed but would love to print ones for all of my readers. I need some more lower level books! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  32. I love this blog! My classed love the Pete the class book.

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  33. I would use a-z resources in my guided reading groups.

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  34. I follow your TPT and FB! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  35. I would love this. I became a fan of A-Z. I was just saying during our PLC today that the children who are at a higher level need to be challenged so this would be perfect for them!
    Donna
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  36. I am a follower of your TPT store. I totally love it

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  37. I also didn't know you had a fb page but totally excited that I now know! I follow it. whoo hoo. This is such a great giveaway.

    Donna
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  38. I also follow A-Z on fb. I could use these in so many ways. I hope I win.


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  39. I could so use this membership this year! I have some really low readers that I am struggling to find materials for. (Fingers crossed) I hope I win.

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  40. I would LOVE to be able to set up a "take-home" library with the A-Z books! [email protected]

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  41. I'm already one of your tpt followers! [email protected]

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  42. Stop it right now! I got a free trial on all of my email accounts and now they are all expired! I just don't want to cave and pay the money! I would definitely love to use this during guided reading and for take home books as well!
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  43. I am a follower on TpT.
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  44. I am a a fan of Reading A-Z on Facebook.
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  45. I am a fan of Made For 1st Grade on Facebook.
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  46. I'm a TpT follower and a Facebook fan!

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  47. I have wanted this membership forever!! I love the razkids too! I would defintely use these books for home readers and for running records!

    -Ms. Thomas

    The First Grade Jungle

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  48. I am now following you on TPT! Your products look amazing!

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  49. I am fan on you guys on facebook too!

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  51. I follow you on tpt! Love Reading a-z and am looking forward to checking out your pack. ;)
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  52. Due to budget cuts, our district no longer provides a subscription to Reading A-Z for all teachers and I miss it greatly! I would use this so much! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. I follow your TpT store! Lots of great things there!

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  54. I would definitely use this in my classroom. I have many different reading levels and could use all the different books to reinforce the phonics learned during the week. I use your HM pack and combining it with this would really help me have a complete program. Thanks for all you do!

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  55. I follow you on tpt. I love your products.

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  56. I follow you on TPT! I love your products! I teach third grade, but I still have friends in my classroom that need things modified or adapted....it helps so much! :)

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  57. I love this source! It was my saving grace when I taught in Brazil, as importing books was just tooooo pricey! I am not teaching in the states, but I miss it soo very much! I would FORSURE use it with my readers that need that little push! :)

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  58. I'm a fan of Reading A-Z on Facebook!

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  59. I teach reading and I have been dying to get a Reading A-Z membership. I currently don't have any curriculum and the only books I have to use are the books from our book room that are used by the classroom teachers (which means when the kiddos come to me for intervention, they've already read most of the books)! I would love to use Reading A-Z as an extra resource for my kids in intervention.

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  60. Wow that is an amazing resource! Our school is short on guided reading readers. Thank you so ugh for sharing! I would definitely find readers that go along with our themes, use them during guided reading, and as an extra extra help resource!

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  61. I already follow your TpT store.

    Jenna
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  62. I am a second year teacher and I could definitely use these resources during Guided Reading!

    Jenna
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  63. Ya'll are my new heros. I am student teaching in my last semester of college and will be in my own classroom so soon. I hope to teach 1st graders so I have book marked your blog and plan to visit often. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with the blogging world!!!

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  64. I've heard about A-Z reading and had the opportunity to do a trial. This would be an amazing resource to help meet the varied learners in my class. I have readers who are on a PreA guided reading level, some in the middle and others on Level J/K in my first grade collaborative class.

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  65. I love AtoZ and just bougth your resource pack. Thanks soooo much!

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  66. I am a learning support teacher and am always looking for additional books to help reinforce what my students are learning. I have numerous reading levels in my classroom and the variety of books available from A-Z would enable me to help all of my students!

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  67. I LOVE Reading A-Z!! It is one of my most favorite resources. Unfortunately, it was cut from our school's budget. I was able to get a few of the books copied but not enough for all my kids. A new membership would be amazing! I could reach so many more of my students' needs and I could teach directly their reading ability.

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  68. I have been wanting a membership to Reading A to Z. It would be a great way to reach all learners in my class.

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  69. I would use this resource to make differentiation easier.

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  70. These would be good resources to send home for practice.
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  71. I just found out about Reading A to Z and my grade level is using them to send home and practice fluency and comprehension. With all the other resources available they would be great supplements to small group instruction.

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  72. I follow you on TPT. Thanks!

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  73. I follow you on FB! Thanks for all your great ideas!

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  74. I follow Reading A-Z on FB.

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  75. This would be a great addition to my reading curriculum!

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  76. I am a follower on facebook!

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  77. I am a follower on TPT!


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  79. I would totally use this website to enhance my guided reading!

    Sarah
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  80. I became a fan of reading A-Z on facebook!

    Sarah
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  81. I'm a fan of Made for 1st Grade on facebook!

    Sarah
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  82. I am now following Made for 1st Grade on TPT :)

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