Guided Reading Template
This guided reading template worked for me to help my students better comprehend the stories that they were reading. I used it in 1st grade, but it could be adapted for use in at least K-2. This plan works for a 5 day week, which I know is not always possible. Once I get to know my students I am better able to gauge which days work to eliminate for them. For example: some groups of students may have better decoding skills and may not need the day or word work, so I would eliminate day 1. Some groups are really good at answering written comprehension skills, so I eliminate day 5.
I only began this plan when groups were able to read level E/F texts.
The template includes a blank page that you can save and fill in according to your needs. It also includes a page with parts filled in with general instructions.
Day 1: Word work (I decide what skill my students need to work on and I find a set of books that meets the needs of the students. For example: The students need to work on reading words with –ed endings. I find a book with many –ed words and we work on reading words with –ed endings and then we work on the words from the text.)
Day 2: Sight words and vocab: I give my students a mini 3-sight word quiz. I record a check if they are able to spell it correctly and an x if they cannot. They use white boards and dry erase markers to work on these words. They are always words that they have already learned and practiced spelling. I teach them a new sight word and introduce vocab from the text. Then they begin an initial read of the text.
Day 3: Review and read: I review the sight words and vocab and they read the book a second time.
Day 4: Oral Comprehension: Students come to group with their books and I ask them various types of questions based on the book. Some answers are text dependent and some are not.
Day 5: Written comprehension: I provide a prompt for students and they record their responses in a notebook.