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:


Visit A Reading or Writing Lab Site

Please remember that we continue to support your visitation to your colleagues' classrooms through our reading and writing lab sites. If you would like to visit a colleague, just reach out to your building's RDT. Think about an area of focus for your visit in order to make your time in your colleague's classroom meaningful and purposeful.

Happy Visiting!

96th Saturday Reunion at Teachers College

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's 96th Saturday Reunion will be on March 16, 2019 from 9-3. During this free professional development opportunity, over 125 workshops will be led by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Amanda Hartman, Laurie Pessah, and all TCRWP staff developers. Some of the topics include managing workshop instruction, developing state-of-the-art classroom libraries, raising the level of book clubs, teaching K-2 kids to write persuasive speeches and reviews, and writing about reading. Consider spending a Saturday at this very valuable - and fun - learning event!