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I will be ordering some Mo

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I will be ordering some Mo Willems books tomorrow! What a great suggestion.

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Sara, When I taught

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Sara,

When I taught kindergarten I also used just a letter id and phonemic awareness assessment for my non-readers. We were not required to do running records on the students that were not able to read. If they were not able to identify their letters and corresponding sounds, there was not way they could read so the assessment didn't have to be done.

1st Grade Teacher, Author, and Literacy Consultant from Aurora, IL

Hi Lindsey, I'm glad I could

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Hi Lindsey, I'm glad I could give you a few tips to take back to your classroom. I've found that discovering students' reading interests is the key to motivating my young readers. Right now, the readers in one of my groups are crazy about the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. So, for guided reading, we started an Elephant and Piggie book club. Each day, each child in the group chooses one of Mo's books to read and discuss. The books are filled with sight words and are excellent for boosting fluency and expression. Once we've read them at school, each child takes the book home to share with his or her family. They are motivated to read all 20 books. I know that when they accomplish that goal they will be much better readers:)

1st Grade Teacher, Author, and Literacy Consultant from Aurora, IL

Hi Sara! I understand your

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Hi Sara! I understand your frustration if you're trying to assess Pre-A readers using a running record. You might consider a Pre-A assessment that includes letter recognition, sound knowledge, and phonemic awareness. Jan Richardson and I created one that is part of the K-2 Next Step Guided Reading Assessment. You can find more information about it at http://www.mariawalther.com/readingassessment.html I wish you the best of luck with your kindergarten learners! Maria

Hi, I really enjoyed reading

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Hi, I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am a Reading Interventionist for Kindergarten and this is my second year. My district has just started to do guided reading groups in grades k-3. A lot of the teachers are struggling with this change and with doing running records. I have done running records before but not the series we are using now. I feel I understand how guiding reading works my issue is that I work with the low students in kindergarten and I some of them can not read a preA so it gets frustrating doing running records on these students for me and for them. Thanks for the book recommendation. I will more than likely be adding that to my personal library. Thanks again for your tips!

2nd Grade Teacher

I really enjoyed reading your

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I really enjoyed reading your blog post. For me, guided reading is something I struggle with. I am constantly wondering if I am doing it correctly and if I am helping my students in the correct ways. In my classroom, we choose books for our book buckets by finding "good fit" books. As I watch my students engaging in silent reading with their book buckets, I notice that they are not always engaged in their books. I never thought of doing a reading survey with my students to see what books they actually enjoyed reading. What a wonderful idea. I can really see this as a great motivating tool for reluctant readers and what better way to bond with a child than to give them a book that they are interested in reading.

I really appreciate your "cheat sheet" on how to categorize books for guided reading lessons. I am always searching online for good books to use, but your categorizing help will allow me to use books that are already in my classroom library that the children may be familiar with.

Thank you for suggesting the book, The Next Step in Guided Reading. I am absolutely going to add this to my reading list for winter break. I have mid-year reading assessments coming up in January and would love to have new strategies to use based upon those assessment results.

I am excited to go in to school tomorrow with a more positive outlook on guided reading instruction!

Elementary school teacher originally from NY teaching in Warren, OH

I enjoyed reading your ideas,

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I enjoyed reading your ideas, and I especially liked your interest inventory. I will definitely use that idea to help me match books to readers!

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