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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of June 5th

posted Jun 6, 2016, 12:36 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 12:39 PM ]

Guided Reading Strategy Cards 

The following tip was written by a wonderful 5th grade teacher from Fairfax, VA. Jan Richardson’s Guided Reading strategy cards have been instrumental in the growth and development of my students’ reading skills. I’ll admit that as a teacher it is easy to become overwhelmed by the diverse skill levels of my readers when I go to plan instruction. Jan’s strategy cards are my go-to when planning my lessons. I refer to my wall of strategies, where I have laminated each card and hung it on a hook behind my reading table. The ability to see all of the strategies on my wall makes planning reading instruction simple. The strategies also allow me to plan differentiated lessons that maintain continuity across my leveled groups. I can plan around one strategy and use consistent vocabulary throughout all of my lessons while meeting the different of my readers. The cards themselves also provide a visual aid for my students at the Guided Reading table and for myself. For me, it is helpful to have the strategies definition and steps listed out so that I can remember clearly. It also helps to keep the students on task when they have a tactile and visual aid while practicing the strategy.