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Guided Reading Lessons
Guided reading lessons can help students learn important strategies and appeciate literature.
Guided Reading with David's Drawings by Cathryn Falwell
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.
Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson Plan
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.
Dinosaur Themed Guided Reading
Learners 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.
Guided Reading: Can I Have A Pet?
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading lesson plan, young readers explore patterned sentences based on familiar word families. Students generate predictions based on picture clues.
Guided Reading: My Horse
Students read patterned sentences. In this guided reading instructional activity, students use one to one matching and picture clues to aid comprehension. Cross-curricular activities are provided.
Guided Reading with Confetti Eggs
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.
Language Arts: Guided Reading with Fancy Dance
Students participate in a guided reading of Leslie Johnson's, Fancy Dance and discover how to sequence events. This activity stresses word recognition, suffixes and prefixes, and sentence structure. Cross-curricular activities involve art, science, social studies, and math.
Guided Reading with Two Sweet Peas
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.
Guided Reading with Where Is My Puppy?
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.
Guided Reading with Ten Oni Drummers
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.
Guided Reading: Shapes Where We Play
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.
Intermediate Guided Reading Lesson Plan
Learners 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.
Famous American Big Books
Students gather facts about important American historical figures and the events that made them important during guided reading. In this Famous Americans lesson, students use strategies from the writer's workshop to utilize the facts they have collected and write a big book. Books are presented to the school library.
Comprehension Game for Guided Reading
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 read The Flea's Plan in a guided reading lesson plan and play Word Bingo. In this sight word lesson plan, students read a book and then use the words in a Word Bingo game. Students make predictions about the story.
Music and Reading go Hand in Hand
First graders develop fluency and awareness of concepts of print. In this music and language arts lesson, 1st graders identify patterns and music in singing with those found while reading. Students practice skills in guided reading groups, choral reading, echo reading, and cloze. Materials and directions are provided throughout this six week unit.
Lesson 2: The Federal Court System
Twelfth graders explore the functions of the Federal Court System. In this Judicial Branch lesson, 12th graders examine the needs for courts as they discuss justice and rights, take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building,and complete the provided guided reading handouts.
Guided Reading Strategies
Learners read three familiar books and participate in guided reading activities based on the books. In this guided reading lesson, students review reading strategies, echo read and complete spelling puzzles and assessment.
Guided Reading with Elizabeti's Doll
Practice reading strategies using Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Readers utilize decoding and comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading the story. A detailed list of text features, high frequency words, possible related phonics skills, and comprehension questions are included.