Management Monday: Guided Reading

Are you a Facebook follower of What the Teacher Wants?  

 I've received a lot of emails about how I organize my guided reading groups. 
Here are a few tips that I have for you!

This is my {FAVORITE} guided reading tool ever (I got it from a workshop at my school).
This little folder organizes my students by level.  1st graders are ever-so-changing and always moving up so fast in reading groups. All you need is a folder, paper, velcro, and a little lamination!
Under each level there is a strip of "fuzzy" velcro. Then, each student has their own tag with their name on it and a piece of velcro on the back.

I take a running record of each student once a week. I keep it in this binder.
 For the cover of this binder, click {here}.
Each student has a tab in the Guided Reading binder. I also keep anecdotal notes in there that I observed during the groups' reading time.
 For a copy of the running record sheet, click {here}.
These are my books for the day/week.  Each group is separated into colors. The students know what color of group they are in.

When we are done with the book (we keep if for 2 days- one for the intro and one for the re-read the next day), I put their books in their "Reading Group Baskets" so that they can read a book on their level during monitored independent reading time (or DEAR as some of you call it).

Check out my Guided Reading Packs in my TpT store for additional ideas! 
Click EACH picture!

Kinder and 1st Grade:

Teach Kinder or 1st Grade? 

Teach 3rd Grade?

I also have something that I've been meaning to post for a while, but keep forgetting. This was given to me by a teacher on my team who is pretty much amazing (yes you, Jessica) and I think it's a super cute idea.  It's called a "Personal Report Card" and the kiddos fill it out about themselves and I give it to the parents during parent teacher conferences.  The parents really like it and I think that's why I like it. It's kind of silly and the kiddos really don't answer very accurately, but I still use it and think it's GREAT!

Click {here} for the personal report card.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of these great tips! I really like the velcro idea to keep track of guided reading groups. Have a great week! :)

Jodi said...

The personal report card is too cute!


Katie said...

GENUIS. I'm adding this idea to my post... "Why did it take me so long to..." :)

:) Katie
[2nd grade blog]

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love the report card. I have conferences coming up and I am going to try it out!



Cara Carroll said...

Love it, girl!! I organize my guided reading groups the SAME way!! One of my former teammates used to do it that way and I definitely "borrowed" the idea!! LOVE!!

Cara :)

Lindsey said...

that guided reading folder is GENIUS!!!!!!! love it:)

Kate said...

Great ideas! I can't wait to try the report card for conferences this week! Thanks for sharing!


Ms. A said...

I am forever re-typing my guided reading groups - I am obsessed with that folder! That project just moved to the top of my weekend to-do list. :)

Mrs. Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing that FABULOUS file folder management idea for guided reading groups!! I am on spring break, and I am definately going to make it this week!Have a great week!

txtchrgirl said...

My favorite is the velcro folder, which is so much easier to manage than what I am doing now. Thanks for the GREAT idea.

Mrs. Scoma said...

OMG - I love the personal report card! What a great idea :) Thank you so much for sharing!

Christina said...

LOVE the guided reading folder!!! I am so making myself one tomorrow!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

I love the velcro idea to help organize your guided reading groups! It allows for so much flexibility!! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for being part of my inspiration in starting my own blog!
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Shelly said...

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing :)
How on earth do you give all kids a running record every week?

Rachelle said...

@Shelly- I pick one kiddo a day in each group to do a running record on. It's not always exactly one every week, but it comes out pretty close. It's really hard and I DON'T love it...but our district wants us to try to do that so that we can see how our kiddos are doing. I feel like it takes my focus off the other kids, but I have to do it. :(

Lorena said...

Thank you for the wonderful tips! Hoping you can help. I didn't bookmark a great page with tips on how to create wonderful activities using my blog and clip art and fonts. I've looked for awhile and have yet to find the original post. I know it was a primary teacher who was kind enough to even photograph her workspace. Can you help me out if by any chance you remember who this great blogger was?

dallas said...

I'm a first year first grade teacher...and I LOVE your blog. I have used so many of your ideas. I can't wait to continue working on my organization of guided reading :) Thanks bunches for all the great ideas!

Rachelle said...

@ Pirate Princess- I'm pretty sure you are talking about the fabulous Abby at the Inspired Apple! :)

Lorena said...

@ Rachelle - Thank you so much. I was getting a bit obsessive trying to find it and had to finally ask for help. I might have visited every first grade blog this afternoon, twice. :)

Kim said...

Thanks for your great ideas! I love the personal report card--to cute!

The Andersen Family said...

The personal report card was my FAVORITE part of conferences this year. I love how honest most first graders are.

Alicia Lochridge said...

Thanks for sharing. It reminds of the reading attitude surveys that you can give at the start of the school year. My students' report cards are going home this guess what will accompany them?!? Their own self-evaluation. :)

Chrissy said...

Thank you!!!


Becki said...

I used your Personal Report Cards for our parent conferences last week. The parents and I loved the insight that they gave. Thanks for always being so open to share your fabulous ideas.

Sarah said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Guided Reading folder! What a great idea!!! I am always writing levels on randoms pieces of paper and then they get lost! Thanks for the tip!!

Fantastic 1st Grade

Lesson Plan SOS Teachers said...

I love, love, love your file folder that keeps track of their reading levels!!! Brilliant! I am going to make one right away! Thanks for always sharing such creative ways to do daily things!!
Nicole :)

Partly Sunny said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing so many ideas. I struggle with organization and the Guided Reading notebook would really prevent lost paper notes. I too like the personal report card because part of the ne 21st Century Learning Standards and CORE curriculum want students to evaluate themselves and their work as a group.

teaching fashionista said...

Great ideas!! I can't wait to make the guided reading level folder, super cute!

ErIca said...

thank-you! your report card is great!!

Traci Clausen said...

Thanks for sharing. I really like your personal report card. Hope you don't mind that I tweaked it a bit to fit my Mid-Tri Progress Report. I linked back to you. Thanks for the inspiration.

Traci @ Dragonflies in First

Jordan said...

Hey there!
I adore this idea and am in process of recreating your guided reading folder right now. But I'm having a bit of trouble attaching the laminated tags to the velcro. I'm using super glue and it falls off when I try to attach it to the stiff side of velcro and pull it off.

What did you use to attach the laminated pieces to the back of the velcro?

Please and thank you :)

Amber said...

I LOVE the Velcro Reading Level File Folder. I am using one this year and LOVE how easy it is to move students to new groups as they progress. It also makes it easier to see levels. I'm a first grade teachers, so I have a wide range of students. Because of this, I added notes beside each level (emergent, transitional, etc) and some corresponding levels (readiness, preprimer, etc) that I frequently have to reference. I also noted the expected rate of words per minute for the higher leveled books. All the info I need in one place! LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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The Lesson Plan Diva- Teacher Resources said...

I tried the guided reading folders and it was awesome! Wonderful idea! Thanks!

Cara Stamper said...

I love this Guided Reading Binder idea. I am making one right now. I was wondering if you could tell me where you found the Analyzing Running Records charts from the picture above. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this! Sounds nice and organized. I am just starting a new job in a higher level than I usually teach so I need to try new. Thanks!

Unknown said...

What fantastic ideas! I've had difficulty organizing guided reading groups effective and this seems like a great way to do it! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all this! I can't wait to try it when school starts again!

Unknown said...

Can you email me a copy of the analyzing running records sheet you have pictured?

MamaBram said...

I have been looking for the "analyzing running records" sheet that you have pictured-- can you point me in direction of where you found it or email me a copy? Thank you!

Lynda Sweeney said...

Would it be possible to get a copy of the "analyzing running records" sheet that is pictured. If so please email to Thanks so much!

Lori Trainor said...

I would love a copy of the analyzing running records sheet. If possible please e-mail it to Thanks so much.

Angie Shaw said...

I, would love to have a copy of the analyzing running records form. I teach 3rd grade and wondered if you have a 3rd grade guided reading bundle? My school email is
Thanks a million! :)

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How on earth can you manage to do one running record per week per student? I need some management ideas for this. Thanks!


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