Taking notes on a child's reading during guided reading time can be tedious. I have created a form that helps me take accurate notes on each student. This form will note: 1) strategies the student used during reading 2) fluency (rate at which the student reads) 3) intonation 4) student's strengths 5) goals to focus on.
The form is created in the style of a checklist to allow you, the teacher, to listen and read more with your students rather than writing.
Copy this form front and back and keep a Guided Reading Binder. I like to use index dividers for each homogenous reading group. In each section of my binder, I put this form (one sheet for student). This is a great and easy way to keep accurate records of when you worked with each student, what your focus was, and the goal you have given each student.
Note: Our school uses DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) so the strategies, fluency, and expression items are based on DRA but can be used with ANY reading program.