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How to Set Up a Guided Reading Area in your Classroom

Setting up your Guided Reading area in you classroom can help with your guided reading instruction.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  These easy steps will help make your lessons be efficient and effective.  Check it out here!

Are you ready to set up a guided reading area in your classroom? Having an organized area will help you to run your groups in a more efficient way! I'm so excited to share with you some of my guided reading organization tips!

Guided Reading Organization

Getting your guided reading area organized will help you save time when planning your lessons and you will be able to get the most out of your time with each group!

Set up Guided Reading Zones

Have you seen The Home Edit on television or on IG? I've been obsessed lately with watching how they organize areas! They are genius! So, I tried to do the same with my Guided Reading Area. I have a few different zones- Guided Reading Books, Guided Reading Binders/Lesson Plans, Guided Reading Supplies, Guided Reading Bins (one for each group).


Setting up your Guided Reading area in you classroom can help with your guided reading instruction.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  These easy steps will help make your lessons be efficient and effective.  Check it out here!

Set up Guided Reading Binder

My guided reading binder is very precious to me! It has everything I need to plan my guided reading lessons! I try to have no more than 5 groups, but it really depends on how many students I have each year and what their reading levels are. I have a FREE Guided Reading Binder you can check out HERE! Or, if you are looking for an editable binder with more options, you can check out my Editable Guided Reading Binder.

This free guided reading binder will help you get organized for your guided reading groups!  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  Check it out here!

Set up Guided Reading Groups

I use Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments to help me guide my grouping of my students. I have a short YouTube video you can check out to see exactly how I set up my groups. Once I have my groups, I can plan each one and put all of the materials I need into their group bin. Then, I have everything in one place- easy peasy!


Setting up your Guided Reading area in you classroom can help with your guided reading instruction.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  These easy steps will help make your lessons be efficient and effective.  Check it out here!

Set up Guided Reading Materials

I like to keep a group set (6) of materials that we use often. Included are whiteboards, dry-erase markers, letter magnets, pencils, etc.


Setting up your Guided Reading area in you classroom can help with your guided reading instruction.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  These easy steps will help make your lessons be efficient and effective.  Check it out here!

Set up Guided Reading Books

Getting a book collection can be expensive and difficult. I personally LOVE the black/white Homework books from Fountas and Pinnell's Leveled Literacy Intervention. These books are in black and white (which is the only thing I don't love) but they are reasonably priced and have great stories! I also have many books from Pioneer Valley. If you are looking for some other options, that are cost-effective, there are some great books on TPT. You can check them out here:

Simply Skilled in Second Guided Reading

Deanna Jump Guided Reading


What now?

Go ahead and jump on in! If you can get your guided reading area organized it will save you so much time in the future when planning and prepping your guided reading instruction!

Guided Reading Binder and Toolkit

Go ahead and get the FREE Guided Reading Binder while you are here! And, if you are looking to get super organized, you may want to check out The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit. To learn more about The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit check out this BLOG POST! I hope these tips to set up your guided reading area are helpful!


Setting up your Guided Reading area in you classroom can help with your guided reading instruction.  Perfect for the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teacher!  These easy steps will help make your lessons be efficient and effective.  Check it out here!


Turning in Class Guided Reading into Online Guided Reading

Are you having to do online learning?  Online guided reading could possibly be one of the most difficult parts of teaching online there is.  Check out some websites and tips to help you plan for online guided reading!


Have you been thrown into teaching on-line? I haven't this year- YET! It could easily come and I want to be prepared! I think teaching online guided reading will be one of the most difficult areas to teach. I mean- I've got to teach these first graders HOW to read! It's such a huge responsibility! Hopefully, if you are teaching online (or could be soon), I can help you with some solutions!


Schools everywhere are having to switch to online learning because of the Coronavirus. It's nearly impossible for teachers to plan and teach to the best of their abilities. But, we are TEACHERS! So, of course, we always rise through all of the tough times!

Using Apps and Technology for Guided Reading


While in class, I am trying to use more technology than I ever have with my first graders. If I can get them familiar with all the things that I plan to use during guided reading, it will make the process SO much easier!


Online Books


We use Raz-Kids at school and this is definitely going to be one of my go-to's if we go virtual! I could share my screen with students as we read the book together.

I've also heard that Pioneer Valley has some great online options. I haven't check them out yet but I do love their books in general.

Word Work

For the word work portion, I've been busy creating Word Work BOOM decks that mirror the skills in The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit. Each deck has 30 cards, so my plan is to do about 10 cards together in our groups and then they finish the deck on their own. To learn more about BOOM decks, check out this blogpost!

Online Guided Reading can be difficult to do with your kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students.  These word work Boom cards make part of the guided reading lesson fun and effective.  Check them out here!

Sight Word Books

I plan to start using my Seesaw Sight Word Books with my students at the beginning of the year (whether in class or online).  These will help students with sight words as well as basic strategies (one to one matching, self-monitoring).  I love that the students can record themselves reading these books!  Try my Sight Word A Book for FREE!

These Seesaw Sight Word books are perfect for the kindergarten or first grade student!  Students write in the missing sight word and record themselves reading each page.  These are also great for online guided reading!

Making a Plan


The best thing we can all do is to make a plan (just in case)! Good luck with your teaching whether you are doing in class guided reading or online guided reading!


Are you having to do online learning?  Online guided reading could possibly be one of the most difficult parts of teaching online there is.  Check out some websites and tips to help you plan for online guided reading!


Math and ELA Toolbox for Back to School in the Classroom or Distance Learning




Hey friends- how are you holding up?  I've got to be honest- I am STRUGGLING!  We start school in less than a month and we still have no plan.  I'm not one to get stressed out by situations and I have been stressed with this one.  But, I am realizing (slowly) that I can only control what I can control!  So, one way I can do this is by trying to prepare myself for both in-class and virtual.  

So, I've created a School Toolbox that can be used in the classroom or kept at home for parents.  Even if we are in class, students are going to have to have their own supplies.  I plan to keep common "tools" in a 3 prong folder so it will be easy to use and find.  I am going to either use plastic page protectors or I will laminate many of the "tools" that can be used over and over again using a dry erase marker.

Classroom

There are other options for the classroom other than a 3 prong folder.  You could also use a binder, storage container, or a "bucket" of some sort.  Obviously, I haven't been using this yet.  Things may change over time (and I'm sure they will).  BUT, I feel like if I use a folder, I can either send it back and forth from home to school or I can send it home if we suddenly go virtual.



Distance Learning

Parents typically aren't going to have supplies readily available at home.  This toolbox will give them many supplies that can help with math skills and ELA skills for students kindergarten to second-grade.  I will also probably send home some hands-on supplies with my students if I am allowed (tens frames, dice, cubes, etc.)

What's Included?

This School Toolbox has printable materials for K-2 students.  There are math and ELA materials.

Math Tools

  • 120 Chart/100 Chart
  • 10 frame, 20 frame
  • Number Lines (0-5, 1-5, 0-10, 1-10, 0-20, 1-20)
  • Number Paths (1-10, 11-20, 1-20)
  • Tens/Ones Frame, Hundreds/Tens/Ones Frame
  • Parts of a Clock
  • Blank Clock (analog and digital)
  • Plane Shapes, Solid Shapes
  • Number Bonds, Part/Part/Whole
  • Greater Than, Less Than, Equal Too
  • Fact Families
  • ODD/EVEN Numbers
  • Number Cards (1-24)
  • 10 More, 10 Less, 1 More, 1 Less Chart
  • True/False Cards
  • Spinners (1-5, 1-10, blank)
  • Number Words
  • Money

ELA Tools

  • ABC Chart
  • Hunks and Chunks Chart
  • Blends
  • Writing Checklist Chart
  • Letter Cards (for making words)
  • Hunks and Chunks Cards (for making words)
  • Sight Word Charts
  • Retelling Bookmark
  • Sound Boxes 3, 4, and 5 with silent e
  • Color Words
I hope this can help you out!  I have other teacher friends who have some great resources to share with you as we head back this school year!  Check them out!