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Fifth Grade Reading

Fifth Grade Reading

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I am having difficulty keeping my fifth graders engaged while I meet with guided reading groups. I have literacy centers which work wonderfully and connect with instruction, but only one group of 8 students visits these centers at a time. I am looking for meaningful and engaging independent seat work. What has worked for everyone else and how do you manage it?

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Brittany's picture
Fifth Grade Teacher

I have tried giving my students things to do while I meet with groups during guided. However, I have found that they rush and don't do their best work, and it was just one more thing for me to grade. So, I have started contests with my students. During guided reading, they read silently and then take AR tests when they have finished books. They set their own point goal and if they read their points, there is a reward. Also, I read children's books along with my students and take tests also. If a student is able to earn more AR points than me in a quarter, I buy them lunch one day. So far, the most students I've had to buy for is four.
You might also see if your reading curriculum has a website to access. My school district just purchased a new curriculum where the students are allowed to get on the website and do activities. This year, I have a computer rotation during guided reading and the students are on the computer also.

Hope this helps!

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