Guided Reading – My Weekly Plans – Video Style!

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Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well!  It has been a few very busy weeks for me!  I have been on my Guided Math bandwagon hosting LIVE Webinars and LIVE Q & A’s and it has been AMAZING!  I have had sooooo much fun hosting these events and interacting with all of you!  Over the past week, I must have received close to 50 e-mails asking me what I do during my Guided Reading time.  So I thought I would put together a QUICKIE 15 minute video to show you EXACTLY how my Guided Reading time flows and what my Weekly Plans and activities look like.  I hope this information is helpful to you 🙂  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments area and I will get back to you 🙂

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Below this video are links to the resources that I use during my Guided Reading small group instruction:

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I hope this information is helpful 🙂  If you are interested in any of these resources, just click the images and they will take you over to my Blog Shop!

Here is the Making Words FREEBIE from the video!  Enjoy!

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  • Carol Erickson
    March 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Anna, Loved this video description of your guided reading. I have a question on the flip-flap folder and the detective briefcase, at the end of the video you say that you use them both every Tues. & Wed. I am confused about which is used for the Comprehension Skill and which is used for the Reading Strategy.
    Thanks again!

      March 13, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Hi Carol… we work on the comprehension skill for 2 days.. so we read the story/book BOTH days and we work on the comprehension skill both days. The flip flaps are for the comprehension skill.. not the reading strategy. We just focus on a specific reading strategy each week while we read aloud 🙂

      Hope this is helpful 🙂


      • Carol Erickson
        March 13, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        It does help, thank you! Do you have the kids work in both the flip-flaps and the briefcase each week? I thought that is what i heard. Maybe flip-flap one day and briefcase the other???

  • Merideth Brodeur
    March 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    The video you created about your instruction during guided reading is very helpful – One question I have is what do the kids do who are working on independent work? How long is each rotation of your guided reading instruction? Do you have any of the Read-Its for upper grades? Thank you so much for sharing!

      March 13, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Hi Merideth… Thanks so much 🙂 While I am doing reading groups the rest of my class are doing Daily 5 rotations 🙂 Each rotation is about 25 minutes. My Read-Its are for 2nd – 3rd grades and struggling 4th graders. I don’t have any at this time for the upper grades 🙁


  • Gina Ford
    March 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Than you for sharing. You gave me great ideas for my small group reading. I love how one day is devoted to word work. How long do you meet with your groups?

      March 13, 2016 at 4:29 am

      Thanks Gina… I meet with my groups for about 25 minutes. The rest of my class is doing Daily 5 during this time 🙂


  • Carol Erickson
    March 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Do you have a link to the Guided Reading passages you are using from Jen Bengel?

  • Susan Russell
    March 12, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Do you use Scott Foresman Reading Street (Common Core)? That is what I use. I noticed the title of the stories. We just finished “Firefighter!”. This post REALLY helped me on how to fit everything in. I would love to pick your brain on what you think/how you use the components of this program. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

      March 13, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Hi Susan.. Yes.. We do use Pearson Reading Street 🙂 Sure.. happy to chat about it 🙂 Message me on FB and we can chat there 🙂


  • Stephanie Ivory
    March 13, 2016 at 1:00 am

    WOW! Thank you so much for your video on guided reading. You are amazing.

      March 13, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Awww…Thank you so much Stephanie 🙂 You are too sweet 🙂 I hope it was somewhat helpful 🙂


  • Pauline
    March 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Anna, I loved the Video! Being a visual person it is so helpful to actually see what you are talking about. Even though I teach 1st, I can adapt many of this concepts into my small groups rather than trying to do it whole group. You have my mind racing! One question, do you still do the testing and pages from reading street? If so, when and how do you squeeze that part? BTW we are looking at adopting Reading Street for next year. Any helpful comments?
    Pauline @ First Grade by the Sea

  • Stephanie Catchings
    March 13, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing the guided reading video! The video was helpful. You gave some great tips which I will be implementing in my classroom. You make it look so easy.

  • Karen
    March 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks so much for the video. I think I own ALL your reading materialS and love them all. I am a visual and auditory learner.. Listening and seeing your guided reading block was extremely helpful. Thanks for the making words guide. Can’t wait to use it tomorrow!

  • Gentry
    March 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your strategies in detail! I have lots of common strategies and also use (and LOVE) the Jen Bengal intervention pages. I have had a hard time finding a good storage method for all of these pre-prepped materials. How far ahead do you try to prep/copy and how do you store it so that it is out of the way, yet easily located to pull out when needed? Does that make sense? Sorry for such a picky question – I know that I often get in over my head if I start planning and prepping and the materials simply pile up!

  • Emma Farrell
    March 15, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Anna, I love the way you integrate a project style to bring together all the skills you are working on. It’s super fun for the students. I adore you and your awesome resources.


  • Shelly Testa
    April 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I love your oganization and routine and can’t wait to put your strategies into practice starting next year. Do you know of, or have you created, similar materials more appropriate for beginning first graders? Thanks!

  • Celine Lewis
    April 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    This is a very detailed video! Can you discuss a bit the demographics of your class? Class size in particular…

  • Becky M.
    April 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Can you share the form you use to write your weekly plans on? It looks so simple.

  • Tori
    April 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Anna! This video is extremely helpful. I am nearing the end of my second year of teaching, but first year in second grade (I looped up with my students). As I am beginning to reflect on my year and things I want to improve on, guided reading was number one on my list. I am so happy to have found your site. I do have a couple of questions. Do you have a guided reading lesson plan template to share, like what was showed in your video? How do you have your guided reading notebook set up? ie. what are the different sections/tabs of your notebook?
    I look forward to researching your site more to help me improve as an educator!

  • Melissa Parsons
    April 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The making words freebie will not open for me. I would love to have a copy.

  • Dee
    July 6, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I loved your initial post about guided math (May 2016). When can we expect the next installment? I am looking forward to using many of your tips. Thanks

  • Amanda
    September 13, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Ugh. I cannot find the mega bundle for writing. Please help. I so need this.

  • Jill Dewell
    October 4, 2016 at 2:19 am

    I really love the structure and consistency of your program. The passages are really difficult for all of my students. Do you have any suggestions??