How I Organize My Weekly Guided Reading

What I do during guided reading

What I do during guided reading


I wanted to walk through with you how I do my second grade guided reading groups every week. In this post and video, I will show you how I write my schedule in my planer and then the different activities I do.

Weekly Guided reading planner

Weekly Guided Reading Planner

I keep to the same schedule each week. Mondays I do a making words activity. We work on spelling, decoding and encoding, following directions, listening skills and we always follow a specific phonics rule for the week. For example, we will work with a Making Words work sheet and change the letters to make new words. We create each word by listening to the teacher prompts that I say orally to the group.  Then, we tap our fingers under each letter to decode the word and then blend the word together by running our finger under the word.

Tuesday and Wednesday we focus on reading our mini books or other stories. The purpose of these two days is to focus on a specific reading strategy, fluency, and reading comprehension strategies. We read the text both days and work on modifying or clarifying something they don’t understand, phonics, and responding to literature.

Guided read flip book

Detective Themed Flip Flap Book

In the video, you can see we are working on plot – the beginning, middle, and end of a story. We do a different Flip Flap book based on what we are reading. We talk about cause and effect, main idea and detail, summarizing a story, topics, and facts in a story. What I love about the Flip Flap books is when they are done, they go home so the parents can see all the work their child is working on in reading group.

Thursday and Friday I focus on close reading with my Read-It Tri-Folds. We do one a week. Some fiction and some nonfiction. We read the same text two days in a row. We work on vocabulary, annotate the text, focus on comprehension and more. Each Tri-Fold has so many different skills in it.

I have a few different Read-Its to get you started:

Tri Folds for Guided Reading

Read-It Tri-Folds

There you have it! That is how I keep my week and plans organized. I hope this helps!


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  • Kristi Barber
    January 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I have watched your Guided Reading video. My question is how many groups do you have rotating every 15-20 minutes? What other activities do you have going on at the other reading stations?
    I see all of your math elation stations with activities, just wondering about the other reading activities other than your group. Thanks so much! Learning and implementing in my own classroom. Love your activities.

  • Kristi
    January 28, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I saw you have 4 groups. Do you have a rotation chart on your site? You rotate through 4 groups every day, right? What are the other 3 groups doing? Thank you