Guided Reading in First Grade


Hey everyone! I am here to share with you a little goodie that will simplify your Guided Reading planning and target your instruction for ALL of your groups!

This is my Guided Reading program that correlates to the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Levels. I always personally struggled pulling materials for my groups each week that was specific and targeted to what my students in each of my different groups needed to focus on. In my kindergarten classroom, I often had groups spanning 7 different reading levels, sometimes more. Can we say planning nightmare!?  I know. You've likely been there, too.  Guess what?  Not anymore! :)  I know that this pack will help organize and streamline your teaching. And the activities are pretty fun if I do say so myself. :)

While this blog post is focused on my First Grade Guided Reading Units, my very first bundle was for Kindergarten Guided Reading. You can find that here in my TpT shop. If you are on the fence, check out the reviews!

Okay, let's get to it! 

1st grade guided reading

Each of my units are divided into three sections:

 1. Getting Started: 
-Lesson outline for EACH reading level F-J
-Characteristics of readers at each reading level and how you can support them
-Setting up Student Guided Reading Notebooks
-Setting up your Teacher Binder

2. Materials
-What you need in your Guided Reading Toolkit
-Reading Strategy Posters to teach decoding
-Reading Skill Posters to teach ALL of the primary reading skills

3. Student Activity Binder
-A TON of activities to support your students at each specific level, F-J.


In this post you will find photos of each part of the above sections for each reading level. Some of the elements repeat within each unit, so I won't repeat photos-- but know that everything above is included in EACH unit. You'll also find photos of every activity found in each individual Guided Reading Units.


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Teacher Binder for organizing your plans materials

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Lesson outline for Guided Reading Level F groups, Each level has it's own customized lesson plan to follow.

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Guided Reading notes page for tracking each of your groups, the strategies and skills they are working on, recommendations and extension activities. Included in each unit.

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How you can support readers at Level F. 
Each reading level has a customized list of what readers at that level should be doing, books that support those readers, and how you can support them. 

Some activities in the extension portion of your lesson will be completed by each student in their guided reading notebook. Instructions are included to set these up for each of your groups.

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Reading Strategy posters, included in all units.

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 guided reading posters for comprehension skills
Reading Skill posters for Level F.
Each reading level practices a different set of reading skills, so the comprehension skill posters and activities are different in each unit.

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LEVEL F Student Activity Binder

This is where all of the following activities will found. You really only need one binder per level-- it holds everything. I used 1.5" binders for each of the levels. You will want to print and prep everything ahead of time so that it is truly grab and go. When you meet with your group, you grab the level binder that you need and pull out the activity that you want your group to focus on that day. Easy!
I recommend copying each activity's directions page and put them into page protectors.  
Copy and trim, paperclip, laminate, etc. the activity and stick them right in the page protector with the directions. It will look like this:
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This is an activity from my Kindergarten sets, but you can get the idea of how to store each activity. Everything goes into the page protector.

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Writing plural nouns. Lots of different options and practice sets of this activity are included!
Kids work right in their guided reading notebooks.

guided reading vowel teams
Long vowel pattern reference strips, and activities that allow kids to practice reading and writing words with different vowel patterns.
a_e/ai/ay, ee/ea/y, i_e/ie/igh/y, o_e/ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue


Digraphs and Trigraphs chart for student book boxes. 
Included are different activities to complete using the chart.

 real and nonsense words
Students practice building words with different blends using the Real and Nonsense slide game.
Many different beginning blends and digraphs mats are included.  

Read, Write & Match to practice words with trigraphs. 
Lots of different trigraph practice pages are included: 
scr, str, shr, thr, spl, spr

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Missing Letters dry-erase cards to practice words with different long vowel teams. 
Multiple vowel team cards for A, E, I, O, and U are included:
ai/ay, ee/ea/y, ie/igh/y, ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue

 bossy r lessons
A great lesson/activity for teaching the "Bossy-R" sound. Kids learn and see for themselves how the r changes the way each vowel sounds!

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"Bossy R" secret code word activity
Lots of different options of this activity for ar, er, ir, or, and ur words are included.


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Bossy R Picture Sentences
Kids practice writing words with different r-controlled patterns. Lots of options are included here for each of the r-controlled vowel patterns.

Trigraph circle map activities for many different trigraphs: scr, str, shr, thr, spl, spr

More activities to practice different vowel team sounds. This one the kids pick a card and practice writing a word on their dry erase board that contains the vowel team. 
ai/ay, ee/ea/y, ie/igh/y, ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue

 teaching contractions in first grade
Spot the Contraction activity
The kids work to find and write words with contractions

Graphic Organizers for Visualizing, Problem/Solution and Making Connections




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All components from the teacher binder are included, specific to Level G.

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Reading Skills for Level G

Level G Student Activity Binder

Compare/Contrast discussion

 syllables guided reading
Segmenting words into syllables

Editing practice with many different sets to practice

 compound words
Compound word work, multiple sets to practice with different compound words

Building words activites with lots of different sets for kids to practice

 prefixes guided reading
Adding prefixes to make new words
Prefixes practiced are un-, re-, and dis-.

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Teaming up Vowels activities
Multiple vowel team cards for A, E, I, O, and U are included:
ai/ay, ee/ea/y, ie/igh/y, ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue


 sounds of ed activity
Sounds of -ed sorting activities for guided reading notebooks with many different sets

R-Controlled Sort-It activities for guided reading notebooks
Lots of different options of this activity for ar, er, ir, or, and ur words are included.

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Guided Reading Question Cards for before, during, and after reading
Use these cards to teach and reinforce the reading skills focused on in the Level G unit.



Interactive reading notebook entries to practice comprehension skills:
Plot, sequencing, and determining important details


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All components of the Teacher Binder for Level H

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Reading Skills for Level H


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Level H Student Activity Binder


 dipthongs for guided reading groups
Missing Letter Dry-Erase activity cards with lots of options for
Dipthongs: aw, au, ou, ow, oi, oy, ui, ew, oo (both sounds)
 
Pick a picture activity for Dipthongs
aw, au, ou, ow, oi, oy, ui, ew, oo (both sounds)

Word Puzzler Game that practices building words with different beginning and ending blends and consonant digraphs

Read & Match partner game that practices building fluency with sentences containing vowel teams and r-controlled patterns. 

 silent letters activity for guided reading
Silent Letter Spin
Game that practices writing words with silent consonant pairs

 vowel teams for guided reading
Read and Color activity for guided reading notebooks
Many different options for kids to practice reading words with long vowel teams:
ai/ay, ee/ea/y, ie/igh/y, ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue

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Building words with silent letters
This activity has students building words that contain a silent letter pair, then matching it to the picture. Many different options to practice kn, wr, mb, and gn.

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Adding suffixes to words
-est, -full, -less, -er

 
Word Snip Challenge pushes kids to think about looking for parts of a word that they know.
Many different words to use in their guided reading notebooks!

Sorting Plurals and Possessives
Many different options for this activity; kids work right in their notebooks!

Guided Reading Question Cards for before, during, and after reading
Use these cards to teach and reinforce the reading skills focused on in the Level H unit.

Graphic Organizers for guided reading notebooks for all of the reading skills in this unit:
Making Inferences, Making Predictions, Drawing Conclusions, Main Idea, and Text Evidence


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All components of Teacher Binder for Level I

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Student Activity Binder for Level I

 long vowel teams guided reading
Quick Writes for long vowel teams:
ai/ay, ee/ea/y, ie/igh/y, ow/oa/oe, u_e/ue

 dipthongs
 Read and Color activity for guided reading notebooks
Many different options for kids to practice reading words with dipthongs:
aw, au, ou, ow, oi, oy, ui, ew, oo (both sounds)

Contraction Match activiy
Notebook pages for I, you, he, she it, we, they, and that. 

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This Reading for Details entry has students reading and looking for specific details in a passage, then matching the passage with the correct picture.
Lots of different themes included.

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Synonym Stacks are an interactive notebook activity where students have to match synonyms to build the house!
Many different sets included, this one is a favorite!

Suffix Sort-Its! 
Lots of different sorts for the kids to practice reading and writing words ending in -sion and -tion.

cause and effect
Cause and Effect Match Up games!
This set allows kids to work on identifying the cause and effect of a situaion. 

Homonym Puzzles to practice identifying lots of different homonyms. 

This Fact and Opinion Pile-Up activity has a few different sets to practice sorting fact from opinion. 

Kids will love working on Antonyms with this Silly Antonym Sentences activity. 
Students will come up with antonyms for the boxed word, then read them aloud to each other. 

 comprehension notebook
Some of the interactive reading notebook entries to practice comprehension skills:
Character changes, character traits, cause & effect, opinion





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Teacher Binder Elements for Level J

 reading skills for guided reading
Reading Skills for Level J: Story Mapping, Synthesizing, Author's Purpose, Theme

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Student Activity Binder for Level J

Comprehension Dice

Secret Story Map Activity


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 Short and Long Vowel word work, multiple sets to practice with different vowel patterns


Interactive notebook activities to practice comprehension and story elements

Possessive Match-Up games that helps kids focus on singular and plural possessives 

Fluency Work
Students will read and match different phrases to make complete sentences. Lots of options included.

 inflectional endings guided reading
Love this Post-It activity for teaching inflectional endings with word that end in a silent e!
Lots of options to practice this skill with your group.

Working with commas in a series
Many sentences for kids to add commas and write their own sentence using the prompt. 

 graphic organizers
All sorts of interactive notebook graphic organizers to practice the reading skills of Level J:
Story Mapping, Synthesizing, Author's purpose, and Theme!


PHEW!

That's it! What did you think? 
If you are interested in purchasing this bundle, click here or click on the image below. 
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Be sure to check out the reviews to see what teachers who are using my Guided Reading program are saying. 

Let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Teaching! :) 

4 comments

  1. I love all the detail you have put into your guided reading! I struggle so much with what actually to do with each group! Thank you! But I have so many students below Level F. Do you have plans for levels A-G.
    Also have you any similar plans for guided math? (First grade) thanks :)
    ellenbel5@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Ellen! Yes, I have a set for Levels A-E. Here is the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-KINDERGARTEN-BUNDLE-Levels-A-E-2234131

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  2. How many pages do you put in the Student Journals? Does it depend on Level? I own A-J but I haven't had time to dive in. I've been printing but not reading yet.

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