Things to remember during Small Group Reading

When planning a lesson, use guideline/cheat sheet given.


1. Begin a lesson/Before Reading- hook them, get students motivated/interested through a visual (excited about what they are doing). Start the lesson by capturing their interest. Think about skills and strategies and your given clues for the students. Such as, “o says its name.” Students are able to successfully say the word using skills and strategies. While listening to students’ reading, cover up part of a word. Sound it out using skills and strategies. Students will be reminded of them. Direct instruction- read the word in a sentence. Get them to do it and repeat it again. Get them to use the sentence again. Picture walk- think about what is going to happen/what the story will be about. Make a  prediction. Read to find out what happens.

2. Purpose- what to expect, summary of what is happening in the lesson (multisyllabic words, vocabulary, particular strategy, such as to infer); the main focus. The purpose is something to drive/guide instruction.

3. During Reading-  Listen to the students reading (whisper read). Students are given a signal to know when to read aloud to the teacher. The teacher uses observations and anecdotal notes for assessing. The teacher has to assess while they are reading. The teacher will use a sticky note to shorthand or abbreviate what the child is doing, so long as she is able to read it herself. The teacher may also use check marks. The teacher may have the following on an anecdotal note: fluent, need to work on long vowel o, and missing “am” continuously (direct instruction with that word). Things to be done in intervention will be covered during the next lesson.

4. After Reading- first, check for comprehension, ask questions on a deeper level- think about the text, do text to self, text to text, text to world, and emotion questions.

5. Creative Writing Activity- describe and give good directions. Provide an example of it- what expecting and what it will look like. Explain to the students that they cannot use yours and that they need to come up with something else. Students should be provided a visual of what to create.

6. Close the lesson up. Summarize and ask the students questions. Describe the small group lesson in a summary.


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