Exploring Guided Reading in the Primary Grades


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ETAP 623 Fall 2018 - Systematic Design of Instruction Melissa Nelson


Overview and Purpose

Do you teach in an elementary school? ? Do you use a guided reading program in your classroom but still find difficulty reaching students who may struggle with reading? Well this course may be the one for you. This course is going to focus on what the purpose of having guided reading groups and different strategies that can help students become a better reader. Teachers work with small groups of students who are on similar reading levels to work on having consistent fluency while reading and be able to comprehend and explain what they are reading. This course will give participants the tolls and strategies to make guided reading much more effective and beneficial to the students and teachers. Strategies used in guided reading groups can also be applied when students are independently reading as well. Different strategies will help with decoding, fluency, and accuracy, and reading comprehension. Guided reading is a great way for teachers to progress monitor their students to see what reading skills they have mastered and where they may still struggle which will then give teachers the information needed to modify and adapt reading groups to address those needs. Each unit will provide new strategies to incorporate into your reading groups to help help students become more successful in their reading.

Performance Objectives

In this course, the participants will be able to:

Unit 1 Objectives

-This unit will provide participants and understanding of what the purpose of guided reading groups are and how to incorporate them into their classroom effectively.

-Participants will also be able to Identify student's needs in guided reading groups.

-Participants will a better understanding of guided reading in the primary grades and finding helpful strategies to reach students' reading needs.

Activity: Participants will reflect in a writing response on what the know about guided reading and their strategies used in the classroom.

Unit 2 Objectives:

-Participants will use different strategies to increase fluency and accuracy in students' reading skills.

-Participants will be able to provide students with strategies to help decode challenging words while reading.

Activity: Participants will choose a strategy listed in the lesson or another one they may use in their classroom and provide a step by step on how you do it. They will then explain how it can be used to promote fluency and accuracy in guided reading groups. Participants will also reflect on their experience on how it improved students reading performance.

Unit 3 Objectives

-Participants will be to use strategies to increase students' comprehension of stories in guided reading groups.

Activity: Participants will create their own reading comprehension question based on the short story provided.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a lesson to go to its page.

Unit 1: Understanding Guided Reading

Lesson 1: What is Guided Reading?

This lesson will cover what guided reading is, the effectiveness for teachers and students in the primary grades and its benefits.

Unit 2: Strategies to increase Fluency and Accuracy

Lesson 2: Guided Reading Strategies for Fluency and Accuracy

This lesson will cover different strategies teachers and students can use to increase fluency and accuracy (such as decoding difficult words) when reading in groups as well as independently.

Unit 3: Reading Comprehension in Guided Reading Groups

Lesson 3: Finding Strategies to enhance Reading Comprehension

This lesson will cover how participants can help students with reading comprehension and understanding what they are reading.

Extended Resources

Some other resources I found that I found on youtube that I thought to be helpful and informative in understanding Guided reading and different strategies.

1. Guided Reading Strategies and Activities by Deanna Jump



-Ferguson, J., & Wilson, J. (2009). Guided reading: It’s for primary teachers. College Reading Association Yearbook, 30(1), 293-306.

-Guided Reading image taken from http://dexter.lib.mi.us/children/guided-reading-levels/

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-Hashway, Kelly. (n.d). Friends Helping Friends. https://www.superteacherworksheets.com/reading-comp/3rd-friends-helping-friends_HELPI.pdf?up=1466611200

-Jump, Deanna. (2018). Guided Reading Strategies and Activities. https://youtu.be/I5oy1wA0Dbo

-Mastropieri, M. A., Leinart, A., & Scruggs, T. E. (1999). Strategies to increase reading fluency. Intervention in school and clinic, 34(5), 278-283. http://www.sevenhillscharter.org/docs/teachers/voyager/fluencyarticles/FLUStrategiesIncreaseFluency.pdf

-Rasinski, T. V. (n.d.). The Fluent Reader (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/fluency-strategies-action/

-Teacher Pay Teachers Reading Strategy Chart. original-3273648-1.jpg

-Unknown.(2018). What is Guided Reading? Scholastic. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.ca/clubs/images/whatisgrl.pdf