Guided Reading L.O.V.E. - Simply Skilled in Second

Guided Reading L.O.V.E.

Hi All....
I am so excited to share one of my passions with you today...Guided Reading. I remember being scared to death that I had to teach guided reading groups..and now it's my favorite time of day!

Twenty years of 2nd Grade and I have pretty much tried everything when it comes to my Guided Reading Groups..but recently I am LOVING what I am doing with my groups. My district recently adopted Pearson's Reading Street Program. I like the stories and the small leveled readers, but I needed a little bit more for my I began creating :)

I can probably state verbatim the Common Core State Standards for Grades 1-3 right now for ELA..but's all for the good of my little kiddos :)

We have been working through the Common Core State Standards using my Guided Reading Flip-Flap Books and my little ones LOVE THEM...when I whip out another flip-flap book, I hear them say...." cute. I love this one!" and another one of my kiddos said to me.."You make the cutest things..I hope when I become a teacher I can make these too!" They melt my heart when they say things like this :)

I have created Flip-Flap Books that align with each Common Core State Standard.  
One of the first flip-flap books we did was on a story called Scarcity..kind of boring..BUT they loved making the little layered book! We talked about the difference between a Main Idea and a Topic and the difference between Facts and Details. They created their little layered books all about Scarcity.

We also worked on Author's Purpose, Cause and Effect, and Comparing and Contrasting Topics. For our Author's Purpose activity, we read a book called Dotty's Art and they created A Pocket Full of Author's Purpose. They wrote about the Author's purpose and how they knew what the purpose of the story was.

We worked on Cause and Effect and created a small file folder flip-flap book. We brainstormed different cause and effect relationships from the story and then they wrote about one of them in the file folder and illustrated it.
This past week we were working on Comparing and Contrasting Topics. We read a book called Arachnid or Insect?   We compared and contrasted arachnids and insects using our Explosion Book Venn Diagram....can I tell you the OOOOHHS and AAAHHHHS I got from my little ones...they thought they were so cool they way they "exploded"...such fun and the really learned a lot about comparing and contrasting arachnids and insects.

This is the explosion book closed...

This is the explosion book opened...

This past week we were working on Sequencing so I broke out my ipod accordion book!  You had to see their eyes!!!
They actually said, "Can we call them our iPhones?"
It was too cute!

We add all of our Guided Reading Flip-Flap Books to our Lapbook. My students
write the title of each book that we read during our guided reading group time on the cover.
I have one for girls and one for boys...

Here is what a sample Guided Reading Lapbook might look like when it is complete...

Check out the adorable ipod sequencing flip-flap book..

So...If you have read this ENTIRE Blog Post...Thank You 
and here are a few little freebies for you...

Here are my Cause and Effect File Folder Flip-Flaps.

If you would like to check out my Guided Reading Flip-Flap Books, 
check it out in my TPT Store

Well...that's all for now :) 


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  1. I am your newest follower. I found you through Christina's newsletter. All I have to say is WOW! I love those flap books. So cute. I will definitely be adding that to my wishlist and then my cart! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  2. Girl - this is FANTASTIC! I'm getting a bit nervous...I have been teaching and LOVING and tweaking Guided Reading for YEARS...and next year our district is switching to the Calkins' Teachers College Reading & Writing Project model & plan for Reading Workshop, which means no traditional guided reading once readers hit a level 12/G. I'm nervous and curious all at the same time...
    Growing Firsties

  3. I love those flap books! I think something like that would work well with my resource class. I am doing guided reading with that group and I am always on the look for some hands on ideas! Great!

    Mrs. H's Resource Room

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I am a third grade teacher and bogged down with EOG/testing materials and my kids are massively bored! I introduced your flip-flap books today and we began using them. I haven't seen them this excited in reading class in a LONG TIME!! They said they can't wait until tomorrow!

  5. I have purchased the guiding Reading flip flap book pack and I am in need of more detailed directions for the I-Pod book. I am not sure how to put them together. please email at thanks


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