|Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Details? Inferred? What if? Opinion?
I feel that this is the easiest job for the children to learn. I usually model it after reading the first chapter to the children. I have found that they gradually develop quite interesting questions. I like turning the discussion over to them during the next meeting. It has promoted some wonderful discussions within our group.
Wild and Crazy Word Finder
Find four to six interesting, powerful or tricky words from today's reading. Write them below along with the page number. Use flags to mark those words. You will be asked to share those words during our next guided reading meeting.
This is a good job to encourage the children to explore new words. Often at this level, they do not want to admit that they don't know a word, or don't know the meaning of it. I use this time to expand their vocabulary or to track words that they might want to use in their writing. Of course, I can always use this to teach decoding strategies: (root words, prefixes, dictionary skills, etc.) They really really really like using the neon colored post-it flags that are being made now, too!
Pick the most interesting part to read to your group during our next guided reading meeting.
Book Title: __________________________________________
Pages to read: _______________________________________
Today's Date: ________________________________________
Why I chose this part:
The kids love this job. They always want to read to the group and they have learned to give some creative answers as to why they chose a certain part. I encourage them to choose parts that are important to the story. (By important, I tell them that the story would change if you left that part out.)
Use the back of this paper to draw a picture of what happened in today's reading for the group. Be sure to include details from the story in your picture.
What I included in my drawing and why I included it:
This was fairly self-explanatory. It is always interesting to hear the details that they choose to include. It's funny how the times we have done this that they often come up with many of the same ideas!
How is this book like real life? Find a way to connect what you read today, to something that might happen, or has happened in real life.
This one takes a good bit of explaining. After modeling and discussing what a connection is, they are able to do this. After they do this job two or three times, they get better at it. It is fun for them to use this in historical fiction. (Molly's Pilgrim, etc.)
Name _____________________ Today's Date_________
Write two to three paragraphs summarizing the chapter or today's reading. Use the chart that guides you through summarizing.
I feel that this is the most difficult for them to learn.
It is helpful if they have experience in writing paragraphs prior
to the job. However, I have done this with the group by coming
up with the topic sentences together (the chart). I have had
them develop one sentence that tells the most important part
of the story beginning, middle then ending.
After coming up with the topic sentences together, they can then write supporting sentences to complete the paragraph. Again, as they master it, they can learn to develop their own topic sentences. Of course, for some children it comes easier than to others.
Well, this is pretty much it. I meet with my groups every other day. The opposite day they have to work on their assignment.
Hopefully this is helpful to you.
Good luck and happy reading!
French Run Elementary