We also use this fun matching game to review comprehension skills. After reading the short stories a few times, we match them with the picture cards.
These question prompt cards have been very useful with my small reading groups. It’s very convenient to have questions on hand because I can’t always think of different prompts on the spot! My students pick from the cards and we answer a new question every time. I separate my prompts on different rings. I have one ring for fiction books and one for non-fiction. On each ring, there are questions for “before reading”, “during reading”, and “after reading”.
I like to switch up my activities often in order to keep my little readers on their toes. If a reading group has used the rings several times already, I take some cards out and place them in my pocket dice. The same game now has a completely different spin on it and the kids love that!
We have been working on comparing and contrasting in some of my reading groups. For those students who find this concept difficult, we play this fun game. Students choose a card and work on comparing and contrasting the two pictures. It’s the perfect warm-up game before working on this skill with a new text!
For those students who finish early, we use this scavenger hunt game. They are perfect for keeping my students engaged while I am helping those little readers who need a little extra love! Students read a short book (usually an emergent reader from my guided reading basket), pick a card, and hunt! They record their answers on the half-page recording sheet in order to stay accountable for their work.
Students love to fill in colorful graphic organizers! Not all worksheets need to be filled in with a pencil and corrected by me, especially if I’m sitting WITH the students who are filling them out! I keep my graphic organizers in a binder. Each page is in a plastic sleeve so students can simply use dry-erase markers to fill them out. The sleeves make it super easy to erase and use again.
I keep ink-friendly (black & white) copies of each graphic organizer for students who want to work on a specific page. These are great for extra practice, a writing center, activities for a substitute teacher, and/or assessments.
Want to know how I keep all my guided reading games organized? Simple. I keep all my cards in a plastic pocket organizer like this one. It makes it very easy for me to find a game when I need one!
I hope you found my guided reading ideas useful.
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