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Seasonal Guided Reading Binder Freebies

I'm on an organizing roll here with creating covers etc for all my guided reading passages! This is the last set I had to do, woohoo!! In this free download I include binder spines, binder covers and labels for your guided reading tubs. Having everything organized and in one place can make a world of a difference for leading successful and engaging guided reading groups.

After the cover page for the season and level, I have a plastic sleeve for each lesson plan/leveled passage and running record. You can check all my seasonal passages packs out here!

 I have covers and labels for all of my seasonal Guided Reading packs, which includes Seasonal Pre A and then Fall, Winter & Spring for level A-D, E-J and K-M!

You can download these free binder covers, spines and labels here or by clicking the images below: the full color version and the black & white version

Happy Organizing..and Reading!

Creating a Community of Readers

Taking the time to get kids excited about reading is essential to creating a community of readers in your classroom. This can be done all day, every day in your actions and words about reading. It can also be done explicitly as a focus each day when introducing and discussing specific books of the day/week/month/season.

As teachers, we all know just how much students feed off of everything and anything you do. By dedicating a little time each day or week to simply focusing on the joy of reading, your students will end up loving reading too. Including a variety of text topics, authors and types of text in your read alouds will help you reach each and every reader, even the reluctant ones. 

I created this resource to help teachers remember to take the time to emphasize a love of reading. It's hard not to get caught in the go go go of each day. However, taking the time to read a book, just to read it can have a large impact on developing readers.

All you need is a spot to add the sign and display your books. Photo easels work perfectly! Find a spot where all students will see the book of the day/week/month/season- your classroom library is probably the best spot, so these books stand out amongst all the other amazing books in there! Attach the sign to the front of the photo easel (tape works just fine) and then stick your special book of the day/week on there.

Pick a special time of day when you have just a few minutes to dedicate to sharing a good book with your students. (Right before lunch, after recess, before the end of the day...whenever- but pick a time- this is too important to skip!) Though you're picking one time of day to do the actual reading, it's important to have your book on display from the start of the day. This builds excitement and anticipation for all your students. They'll be thinking about the new book all day, before and after you read it!

You may even consider having your student leader of the week be in charge of putting the new book out each day/week/month/season. You know how excited kids are when they can be involved! If you're someone who wants to add a little more to the read aloud, you can follow up with quick exit tickets. These aren't meant to be intense comprehension questions because, again, you're focusing on creating a community of readers who LOVE to read. I included a few, simple response tickets that you can place right near your book display. If you have an extra minute or two, readers can grab a pencil and share their thoughts about the story. You can then grab these at the end of the week and discuss student responses, including likes and dislikes, things noticed and learned.

Last thing I highly recommend doing is making a list at the end of each month of books your students loved as a class (these bulletin board materials are also included in this resource). These make a great bulletin board that readers can refer back to throughout the year. Placing these pages in plastic sleeves or laminating and then hanging on a bulletin board allows for easy access to quickly add a book title that students are raving about after you've read it! By choosing their favorite read alouds and posting them in the room, it shows just how much you and your class love reading. This is key to establishing that community of readers! Parents can also check this list out when they're in your room to provide them with book ideas to get from the library, book order or store for their children.

Ok one more thing...if you have a book that all your readers want to read from your classroom library, I also have a "Hot Pick" sign that will entice readers to choose it as well!

 It's as simple as that! Following these steps and keeping your enthusiasm up will help create your classroom community of readers. You can check out this resource to help create a community of readers in your room, here!

Happy Reading!

Organization of STUDENT Guided Reading Materials

As someone who has taught A LOT of Guided Reading lessons in my teaching career, I know the importance of that time with readers. It can be so meaningful where you learn a great deal about each reader. One way to ensure the groups are engaged is by being prepared. As a reading specialist, I've worked really hard to help teachers everywhere have all the materials they need at their fingertips for readers at a variety of levels. Planning for groups can be so time consuming; however, if you can focus all your energy on being with your readers during the group instead of scrambling for materials, both you and your readers will be happy! That's why I created my Guided Reading passages packs!

Keep reading for a few ideas on how to use them and how to set them up quickly so they are always ready for your groups!

These passages packs can be used in so many ways in and out of the classroom! The goal is to get readers reading, no matter who they're with or where they are.

When I originally created these a few years ago, I knew I wanted my readers to have something they could hold on to so that they felt ownership. Three prong folders full of passages work so well. They last the entire year, even with frequent changing of passages and then they become a keepsake for the student as well, a reminder of their progress throughout the year!

Three prong folders can hold a lot of passages, but once they get full, you can always remove some of the earliest passages completed and just send those home separately. Otherwise, adding 10-15 at a time helps you feel prepared for several weeks for each group!

I highly recommend use highlighter strips for any students that have a difficult time tracking- these can be used from the early levels to older readers- whoever needs them!

Assembly is quick and simple! All you need: 
1. Tape to place the cover sheet on the front of the folder.
2. 3 hole punch to place holes in the reading passages.
3. Put them all in the folder- that's it!

The lesson plans and running records (and original passages) fit well in one sleeve within a binder. Then you can just pull out your binder and get the group going! 

One teacher who had purchased these, showed how she binded her passages together for her readers. I loved this idea, so I had to try it! Using a binding machine, you can quickly punch holes in the passages and covers and then put it all together. I recommend using cardstock or laminated pages for the front and pack to make these more secure. It takes a little more time if adding new pages to the binded version, but still works great!

If you're looking for a spot to keep everything together, placing your materials in bins (or containers that you can check out in this post) will make everything readily available to you and your groups. 

If you already own my Guided Reading passages packs, you can grab the free binder covers, labels and spines for my fiction passages here and my non fiction passages here!

Happy Reading!

Guided Reading Organization Ideas

There are so many different ways to organize your Guided Reading materials. I love using a binder to keep all the materials in one spot. Inside each binder are all the materials including, lesson plans, leveled passages and running records for each group. 

The binders and many other Guided Reading group materials, including student reading folders full of leveled passages and tools fit well into these large bins. Check out all that's included inside and grab the free covers/labels below to help you get organized!

You can easily set up a bin for each group and grab it when it's time for the group to begin. There's a good amount of space in each container, so even the binder full of lesson plans and running records fits well!

Here's a quick peek at an unpacking of this bin:

Having everything in one place that you can quickly grab things out of helps make your group run smoother and more effectively. You can even have a student leader from the group grab the container each day to get the group started!

These little photo boxes that have been seen all over social media for various reasons are also a great size for Guided Reading toolkits! For lower level students, tools for saying the sounds in words, magnifying glasses for taking a closer peek at words, finger pointers and fun pencils all fit within the container. For upper elementary readers, pencils, highlighters for finding evidence in the text, post it notes, mini erasers for finding specific words and highlighter strips are all inside this toolkit! 

If you don't own or want to purchase the larger containers, but have these drawers, they also work great for getting organized! Within each drawer, reading folders and toolkits fit well! Of course books and other tools that you may use for word work also fit in these drawers.

All the covers and labels that you see above can be download for FREE here! You can also take a look at my leveled Guided Reading passages packs for Pre A-V here.

Happy organizing & reading!

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