As our Kindergarten classrooms begin implementing features of The Daily 5, yesterday my co-workers and I brainstormed a list of things our students could do while we are working with our Guided Reading groups. For myself, the hardest part of getting started with Guided Reading is the whole, “What do I do with the other kids while I’m working with a small group?” problem. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
For my students, I felt visuals were necessary so each child would know his options a little better when it came time to choose what to do independently. Here are a few things from our list. We have already added more since we made our list at lunch yesterday. I will try to update as I can. I accidentally left my paper at school and we are snowed in today and will likely be for the rest of the week.
I have only taken pictures for about half of the things we’ve come up with because not everything has been created or we didn’t have kids in the room at the time to take pictures with them. At one point, I was in the hallway pulling other teacher’s kiddos so I could get more pictures taken.
Check out http://www.sanjuan.edu/webpages/gguthrie/balanced_literacy.cfm?subpage=127464 for lots of great ideas, pictures, printables, etc.
Read to Self
Word Family Flip Books
Reading Binders (Charts include: alphabet, color words, numbers, and poem of the week.)
Read to Someone
Read the Room (Can also be done independently for Read to Self)
Word Family Sliders (Can also be done independently for Read to Self)
Read to a Friend
Read to a Stuffed Animal/Reading Buddy
Listen to Reading
Books on CD
We also included Tag Readers and Computer Games that read to students. I would love to get portable DVD players for our HeidiSongs DVD’s. I think I’ll have to write a DonorsChoose project for that one.
Work on Writing
Write with a Word Family Slider
Write the Room – This is one of my kids absolute favorites! They are so good and I am always amazed at how my otherwise reluctant writers can fill pages with words in no time.
(There are some great Write the Room pages at http://kinder-pond.blogspot.com/2011/01/write-room.html.)
Squeeze a Segment (Students use the tweezers to place one rock per segment in a suction cup circle.) We are using manipulatives (like the bear below) instead of words right now.
My Word Book (Could also be used for Write the Room)
Tweet-Tweet Letter Treats (This is from the book Shoe Box Learning Centers: Alphabet.)
Choose a Letter (Students choose 3 letter tiles and write words beginning with the letters they’ve chosen. For our struggling readers/writers, we have alphabet soup cans and other charts for them to look at to find words beginning with the letters they’ve chosen.)
Sign a Name – These came from a resource book, but you can find something similar here.
Stamp the Alphabet
Tap Light Segmenting
Trace a Letter – You can find the tracer pages here.