My teacher discussion guide not only helps me guide a discussion when meeting with a reading group, it also provides higher level thinking questions, projects, and vocabulary words for my students.
- DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: After reading the chapter or pages yourself, decide which discussion questions you would like to cover. Many student answers will actually lead to other questions, so be prepared to either veer off in a different discussion or to bring the discussion back to where you want it.
- VOCABULARY/GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS: I keep a variety of graphic organizers near my reading table. Sometimes I assign a story element or a vocabulary graphic organizer. The story element graphic organizers listed pertain to that chapter.
- READING GROUP QUESTIONS: My students used to have a reading group spiral notebook where they wrote down the answer to one question that I asked. My questions are displayed on my SmartBoard. Now that we have Google Chromebooks, I use Google Classroom for their questions. Students type their answers in Google Classroom. I prefer Google Classroom because I can quickly get online and check to see who answered the questions rather than hunt down a spiral notebook in a student’s desk. ;)
- PROJECTS: If a project is in bold print, I have a worksheet or graphic organizer to go along with it in my “Quizzes and Activities” that is sold on my Teachers Pay Teachers site as well. (I apologize for having two separate documents. I have to keep them separate as I create them. I try and keep the cost down & price each one as if I sold them together. That is why the discussion guide is so inexpensive.) Friday is project day in our classroom! The students thoroughly enjoy creating something "artsy" to go along with the book! Make it fun!
I hope this makes reading groups enjoyable for you as well as your students!!!!