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Guided reading lessons can help students learn important strategies and appeciate literature.
Students complete and participate in various guided reading activities about dinosaurs. They read poems, complete a graphic organizer, complete a cloze activity, and develop a list of dinosaur facts.
First graders participate in a guided reading lesson. In this guided reading lesson, 1st graders read David's Drawings by Cathryn Falwell, which is a realistic fiction book on the DRA:16 level. They determine the author's message, and make text to self connections. They work with words and phrases to increase reading fluency. This lesson is in English and Spanish.
Third graders read Children of the Earth and Sky: Five Stories about Native American Children by Stephen Krensky. In this guided reading lesson, 3rd graders gain knowledge about various Native American tribes. Using a graphic organizer they will note the names of tribes, where they lived, and what activities and food they were known for. This lesson includes a list of vocabulary, printable graphic organizers, a resource link for extra activities, and a suggestion for assessment.
Here is a reading strategies lesson in which learners use post it notes to create a bulletin board. They post their new questions on the bulletin board and look back at questions they have already learned the answer to. A great idea, this activity shows young learners how much they learn through reading! 
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson, young readers explore patterned sentences based on familiar word families. Students generate predictions based on picture clues.
Young scholars read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson, students use one to one matching and picture clues to aid comprehension. Cross-curricular activities are provided.
Second graders read the book, Ten Oni Drummers. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss fantasy as a genre and preview the book. They review word identification strategies and read the book silently. After reading, they confirm their predictions and discuss their dreams in relation to the story.
Second graders read the book, Two Sweet Peas. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss moving, making friends, and the differences between poems and stories. They read the book silently and discuss the importance of being kind and appreciating others.
First graders read the book, Where Is My Puppy? Working in guided reading groups, they discuss having a puppy and predict what might occur in the story. After reading the book aloud, they retell the story and locate the puppy on each page.
Students discover shapes on a playground. In this guided reading instructional activity, students discover new vocabulary words related to shapes as they read Shapes Where We Play. In small groups, students use picture clues and one to one matching to aid reading comprehension.
First graders read the book, Confetti Eggs. Working in guided reading groups, they discuss making crafts with eggs and preview the book by looking at the pictures and making predictions. After reading the book aloud, they discuss how to make confetti eggs and follow the sequence of steps involved.
Learners participate in a guided reading of Leslie Johnson's, Fancy Dance and discover how to sequence events. This lesson stresses word recognition, suffixes and prefixes, and sentence structure. Cross-curricular activities involve art, science, social studies, and math.
Students read Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. In this guided reading lesson, students evaluate the characteristics of a realistic fiction piece. They are asked comprehension questions during and after the reading and there is a short individual writing assignment upon completion of the reading. A list of vocabulary words is provided.
Students play reading comprehension games. In this guided reading lesson plan, students play a comprehension game made by the teacher. Students may play the game before or after reading the story. 
Students participate in a guided reading experience by following directions to cut out tangrams. They listen to the directions and cut as the reading progresses.
Readers are presented with a list of three questions and asked to actively listen to a story or article to answer them. They verbally answer the questions to learn the strategy. Next, read a story to them or have them silently read a story and then articulate the main idea. They should be able to support their responses when questioned.
Second graders practice new geometry vocabulary by putting the words to the tune of "Hokey Pokey." students use the lyrics as a guided reading experience.
Second graders listen to their teacher read the book, "Flat Stanley". They relate the activities in the book to activities in their own life. They can also create their own pictures of Stanley.
Guide your class through reading various versions of The Three Little Pigs. Talk about the traditional story line and then discuss a different point of view: Maybe the wolf was just an innocent bystander! This lesson plan, which has ideas for 18 days of language arts instruction, includes activities such as writing facts about wolves, completing a KWL about pigs, comparing different versions of the story, and creating poems about The Three Little Pigs.

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