Leap Into Literacy Kindergarten
You've Just Assessed Your Students' BAS...Now What?
Now that you’re done scoring…
Look for patterns across assessments so you can group students with similar goals.
What needs to be taught Whole Class? Small Group? Individually?
If the majority of your class needs practice in a specific area, (1-1 matching, Holding onto Patterned Text, Using First Letter Cues) consider reteaching the mini-lesson and/or following up with a strategy from an additional resource
If 3-4 students need practice in a specific area, (sound/symbol, high-frequency words, retelling) consider using small group instruction such as Guided Reading or Strategy Groups
A Word About Guided Reading
The term guided reading means different things to different people. RW Units of Study explain it this way:
Group of three to four children
Instructional level text
Each child has a copy of the book
Give a brief book introduction
Expose students to unusual language structures (What a fine house!, Bommy-Knocker)
Each child whisper reads as you move from one reader to next
Listen to assess how the student problem solves through the text
Coach with explicit prompts: Teach/Prompt/Reinforce TPR: F&P Prompting Guide
If a child finishes early, have them reread
Engage the children in the briefest of conversations and select a skill or strategy to teach, drawing on a shared challenge you saw. Keep in mind, some students will not have finished the book.
Aim to finish lesson in no more than 5-10 minutes and send the children off with books in hand so they can reread them, adding them to book baggies
Guided Reading is especially powerful to use when students are moving up a text level so you can introduce them to new challenges that present at higher levels.
What is a Strategy Group?
- Small Groups focused on practicing one reading skill together
- Short term grouping based on individual reading needs
- Fast paced and productive: Model, Read, Question, Think, Share
- Highly purposeful and often meeting an immediate need
** The main goal is practicing a specific reading strategy that can soon be mastered and added to a reader's toolbox of strategies.
Watch Jennifer Serravallo Teach a Strategy Group:
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