In the video, the first reading of the book, Clever Tails, occurs in a single guided reading session, however, a classroom teacher might choose to have students read part of the book in one guided reading session and read the rest of the book in a second guided reading session. Collaboration goals for all the lessons: Students are working [...]
There are two academic focuses as students return to this known text. The first focus is deepening comprehension of key concepts in the text. By rereading the text and talking more about the content of the text, readers deepen their understandings as required in more complex texts. The students use the index to determine what section of the text [...]
This lesson begins with students rereading Clever Tails to think more about the strategies they use as readers. The fiction text in the pair, The Monkey’s Tail, has the same key concepts as the informational text, Clever Tails, so revisiting those key concepts supports the students to be successful with the upcoming text. The teacher takes a reading record [...]
The lesson offers students an opportunity to revisit, summarize, and extend their thinking about the key concepts of the two paired texts.
The lesson begins with students rereading a text from a previous guided reading lesson to think more about the strategies they use as readers. The teacher takes a reading record with one student while the other students read silently. Collaboration goals for all the lessons: Students are working on explain their thinking fully to the group, waiting until others [...]
This lesson begins with a discussion of strategies the readers used during the first session with the book. The students are encouraged to explain their thinking fully to the group by noting what in the text supports their thinking. Session 2 includes reading and discussing Chapters 2 & 3. Students work to integrate running text and photographs and other [...]
The lesson begins with a review of reading strategies students have been using already in their work and the collaboration goal of noticing the thinking of others and integrating it into our own thinking. Students independently explore the text to introduce the book to themselves. After a short discussion of the table of contents, the students read and the [...]
Session 2 is similar to Session 1. Students read additional parts of the text independently away from the group, marking Very Important Points with sticky notes. During the lesson, students discuss the text, integrating information, making judgements about important parts of a text, and synthesizing information within and across the text.
Session 3 extends the work begun in Sessions 1 & 2, as students continue integrating information, making judgements about important parts of a text, and synthesizing information within and across the text. Students begin to consider how their growing understandings and concerns from reading this text can impact personal decisions they make which in turn affect the lives of [...]
Reading Ahmad’s Journey begins with students silently read the first four pages of Chapter 1 to begin thinking about what is revealed through what characters say, do, and think and how characters interact with others, revealing the relationships between characters. After noticing the asterisks on page 7, which indicate a change in point-of-view in the story, students read the [...]
Students discuss Chapters 2-4, continuing to think about what is revealed through what characters say, do, and think and how they interact with others (the relationships between characters). They also begin to evaluate the motivations of the characters as revealed through character actions and decisions. After noticing the multiple points-of-view in the text, students work to understand how the [...]
Guided Reading, Fifth Grade Synthesizing—Talk about the pair, Animals in Danger: Orangutans & Ahmad’s Journey
The lesson offers students an opportunity to revisit, summarize, and extend their thinking about the key concepts of the two paired texts. Students return to themes from earlier discussions, considering decisions people make which affect the lives of orangutans in the rainforests.
The word work lesson supports students to search for and use chunks in words to decode multisyllabic words. The lesson begins with students discussing strategies they use to figure out words. Students then examine several words from the text to look for parts of words they recognize to help decode multi-syllabic words. All the words used were known to [...]