Guided Reading Planning & Recording Forms - Plan, Teach, Observe, Record, Adjust

The Hazel Owl
Grade Levels
1st - 6th, Homeschool, Staff
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The Hazel Owl


I don’t know about you, but I am constantly rewriting and revamping my lesson plans to better fit my needs and the needs of my kids. This resource includes what I consider to be my latest and greatest forms for planning and implementing not only guided reading, but also individual conferencing with students (discussions related to their independent texts).

In this file you’ll find 15 usable pages including:
~ “Plan & Prep” form – Use this form to plan purposeful lessons including comprehension strategy, visuals or graphic organizers you’ll use, word work, scaffolded instruction plan, and specific text difficulty to include during text introductions. I love this form because it forces me to think ALL the way through the guided reading process and because it reminds me of all the ways I can analyze and “debug” texts to meet individual student needs.
~ “Stage 1: Model” form – Use this form for days 1 to 3 of instruction. During this stage of instruction, more time is dedicated to modeling a strategy before, during and after reading. Some students may need this stage for only 1 day, some may need up to 3.
~ “Stage 2: Guide & Support” form – Use this form for days 2 to 4 of instruction. During this stage, the strategy is quickly modeled and more time is spent guiding and supporting students’ use of the strategy.
~ “Stage 3: Independent Practice” form – Use this form for days 3 to 5 of instruction. During this stage, the strategy is quickly reviewed and a new independent text is quickly introduced. Students practice the skill independently while you listen in and/or conference with students regarding the strategy.
~ “Conferencing ?s” reference sheet – Use this form to assist with assessing comprehension/appropriateness of independent texts (student or teacher-chosen).
~ “Individual Conferencing” form – Use this form to keep track of important anecdotal information obtained through individual conferences. Also, record current goals for student growth (what should the student be working on when reading independently?).
~ “Determining Text Difficulty” reference sheet – Use this form to assist with identifying the specific characteristics of a text that may pose a challenge to your students. This information will be used later when providing students with the text introduction they need to be successful with that particular text. If you discover during this process that too many characteristics of a text may be challenging, it’s time to select a new text.
~ “Text Difficulty” web – This graphic organizer serves as a quick reference sheet for determining text difficulty.
~ “Text Difficulty” blank web – This graphic organizer can be used to record difficult text characteristics during the planning process.

UPDATE: Additional forms added 1/1/13:
~ "Word Work Planning Menu" - Use this form to make planning for appropriate word work (by developmental level) a bit easier!
~ "Universal Questions for Fictional Texts" - This sheet will make a great addition to your permanent guided reading materials. It contains universal questions (organized into within the text, beyond the text, and about the text categories) that can be used with any fictional text.
~ "Universal Questions for Informational Texts" - This sheet contains universal questions (organized into within the text, beyond the text, and about the test categories) that can be used with any informational text.
~ Alternate Versions of Forms: 2 additional forms have been added to the end of this resource with slight modifications to the "Plan & Prep" sheet and "Individual Conferencing" form (these are duplicates of the original forms that are still part of this product, but with slight changes).

These materials can suit the planning and recording needs of any scaffolded guided reading process!
Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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