Guided Reading "Toolbox" Linky!

Yay! I'm finally getting around to showing you all my goodies I like to use for my guided reading groups! I really love doing small groups, and I try to see all my groups every day. Some I meet for 5 minutes, and others I meet for 15-20 minutes. Check out my other recent post on it {HERE}. I also did a linky last year on guided reading groups. Check out those posts {HERE}, {HERE}, and {HERE}.

Back to some of my favorite "tools."  I don't use all of these every time I meet with my kids, but they are in my little "bag of tricks" that the kids love to use.


I really like using my Scholastic News magazines for my guided groups. Or I really like using Reading A-Z books. They have SO many books, leveled readers and phonics readers!  Here are some of my other "tools" that I like to use.


A - Witch fingers for pointing! The kids love them, and it's around Halloween right now, so I'm sure you can find them anywhere! I've had mine forever, so I don't remember where I got mine.

B - Chips. Mine are one side red and one side  yellow. I use these for math too, but for reading, we count out our sounds with them.

C - "magnifying rocks" which came from one of the Dollar stores, and are those glass beads you put in vases or whatever??? We use them to magnify words as we read them

D - pencil box of markers, highlighters, and erasers.



A few more....


E - magnifying glasses, to go searching for words - like words that follow a phonics rule, or a grammar skills

F - Helping hands. I have no idea where I got these, and they are so old, but they are reading strategies to remember while reading

G - Wikki Stix! We use these to cut and put under words that we find that follow phonics or grammar rules. The kids love them because they're so sticky.

H - Story cubes - fiction and non-fiction. I think these are from Lakeshore??


I - Whisper Phones, homemade! Check out my post on how I use them {HERE} and my how to make them post, {HERE}

J - reading strategy bookmarks, kind of like the helping hands, but these are bookmarks. I've had these for a few years, and there isn't a name on the file, so I don't remember where I  got these. (if they're yours, let me know and I'll give you credit!)

K - Easy Readers. I have 2 different versions, and these both came from Really Good Stuff. They really do help the kids track as they read.

L. - Sticky note bookmarking. A quick reference for the kids to do as they read.

Then, I have a goody bag of stuff. lol. I know. It's never ending! But I really believe in teaching in small groups, so I keep adding to my "stash" of goodies...lol 


I have my white board, which is also magnetic, and my bag filled with "papers" that I use a lot.



Making Words Folders, which I don't remember where I got them!?! I use them mainly for mini offices when we build words with our foam letters.

I also have the Word Pattern Playlist from Ladybug Teacher Files - find them at {THIS} post. and the Making Words Folder that I found from Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants - find them at {THIS} post. 



I also have my Sound Mapping pages laminated and ready to go. You can find them {HERE}. There is also an alphabet reference sheet for each student to use. I have them in all of my classroom packs, with the alphabet.

Our school used to do 100 Book Challenge. We still do it, just not as rigorously as we used to. But we still have the level cards, which have sight words on the back and comprehension and skills on the front that are like a checklist. I really like using these with my students, and it's also a great way to keep the parents informed of their progress and a great way to keep the parents involved with their reading at home.


And lastly, one of my favorite things I use, are my bumpy foam letters. I like them because i tell them to make sure the bumpy side is up, and they are small enough that I fit them in little 1/2 cup tupperware containers (which I got from the dollar store too!) I keep a whole alphabet in each container, and 6 containers on hand. I also have a like a little toolbox container that has all the other letters sorted out in drawers, that way if I need more e's for that day's lesson, then I can quickly grab some. 


Want to show what your favorite Guided Reading Tools are!?  Write a post and link up!!  I would love to see if there are more things I need to add to my toolbox!


Add my linky picture to your post, and link up! Make sure you link up your actual POST and not just your blog address.  Can't wait to see what everyone likes to use!






32 comments

Rachel Lamb said...

No kidding, I have absolutely every tool in my bag of tricks as you! seriously! we were meant to teach together!

Miss Nelson said...

so fun! I hope to link up soon

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Krista Happ said...

Love the magnifying rocks/glasses idea! What a great and fun tool to use for highlighting key words/word parts.

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Sara at school said...

I never thought about the glass rocks as a word search tool. I even think I have some at home - gotta check! And a regular magnifying glass - I've got those, too. Thanks for the fun ideas to share with my kids.
Sara

Kelly said...

thanks for sdharing your tool box. I was surprised that I had most of them, but I don't feel like I am using them as much as I should. your post was like a kick in the pants for me. Thanks! I do need to get the glass rocks, sucha great idea!
Kelly
I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

Kim @ Mrs. Hs Resource Room said...

It's so funny that you posted this linky this week! I started a blog series about guided reading in my resource classroom on Monday! This came at a perfect time. I guess reading is on everyone's mind! :) I've linked up my final blog post for this week with your linky! Hope you enjoy and have time to go through and read this week's other posts!
Thanks for making a linky!!
Kim
Mrs. H's Resource Room

Jayne Gammons said...

Super fab post! Can I come visit!?
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Tara said...

Love this linky!!!!! Will try to link up tomorrow after I get some pics of my tricks:) We use the glass puddles (that's what I call them) to only this big ones:) Kids love them....yes, you can still have fun in 4th...at least that's my philosophy:))))

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Rachel said...

I love this post!! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Is it possible for you to post a link to the cards that you use with parents? Those sound like an amazing resource. :)

Rachel

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I am not a teacher but I like to work with my son at home. I have been looking for something like the Easy Reader to help him focus on the sentence he is on and not get intimidated by the entire page in the book. Thanks for the ideas! I think this will help us both have more productive reading times at home.

Cheryl said...

Looks like an awesome unit. Would love to win it!!
cherrick@frontiernet.net

Unknown said...

Jennifer,
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I linked your guided reading blog post to my post about top resources for starting up guided reading. Thank you so much for your fabulous insight into guided reading.
Here is my blog: Apple Tree Learning
Thanks!
jen ;)

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing! Where did you get your bumpy foam letters?

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