I finished up the Fall edition of my Guided Reading Hands-on Activities pack. These activities can be used during guided reading, but also can be used as a partner activity. My sweet friend Christina over at Sugar and Spice said she would use them as a partner activity to practice fluency. I love that idea! However you decide to use them, the purpose is to practice decoding, fluency, and comprehension for your beginning readers. I made these because I knew my beginning and struggling readers needed practice with activities that would not be too overwhelming for them. These are simple and short, but they DO give them opportunities to practice decoding strategies, sight words, comprehension and fluency through multiple readings.
Here is Shawn working on one of the story cards. The story is short and simple, but just right for him as a beginning reader. First he reads the card, using his strategies. Just like when we read books, we talk about the picture before reading and after he reads, I point out strategies that I saw him use. If he gets stuck on a word, we work through it together using.. you guessed it- strategies!
Then he spins this Story Spinner to focus on comprehension. Each time he spins, he needs to reread the card (repeated reading). Since they are laminated, he can use his white board pen to underline or circle the answers. He is actively engaged with this simple, short story. Most importantly, he is developing good reading habits: thinking while he reads and rereading to find answers.
Another activity is the Sight Word Spin. Each time he reads a column correctly, he gets to color in a smile. I used my Spring edition with my students last year and they LOVED this! I included a blank one so you could write in the sight words you are working on. For your struggling readers who need more practice with the same words, I choose five words and then I mix them up in each column. My students are practicing the same 5 words over and over!
Sequencing... This can be a doozy for some kids. This is one of Shawn's favorite activities. He reads all the cards, using his strategies to accurately read each card. Then, he puts the cards in order on the sequencing mat. We read it together (repeated reading) to make sure it makes sense in that order.
These sentence strips are so helpful for my beginning readers! The dots help with the one-to-one correspondence. I also have the same pictures/sentences without the dots. The 2nd set has more words and are slightly harder.
Here is a preview so you can get an idea of what is included:
If this looks like something you could use in your classroom during guided reading groups or of partner activities, click here or on the picture below.
Now is a great time to pick this up since the big sale is going on!