Give One, Get One
As a before and after reading activity, one activity I like to use is Give One, Get One. You can list descriptors in each box, and students get with each other to exchange the information. It might be used to get answers to comprehension questions after reading too. The sample page I gave you is for use with The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. This activity could also be used for Grandparents Day if you have that at your school. The strategy works like this. Each student is given the page, and when time has begun, students locate a friend to sign his/her form and provide the information in the block. Once they’ve exchanged ideas, the students move on to another friend. This continues until all of the information is gathered sort of like a scavenger hunt. When time is called, the whole group discusses what was learned.
Guided Reading Resources
Comprehension Learning Mats
If you like these activities, I do have several comprehension related products available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store you might check out. The first are the comprehension workmats I have uploaded for during and after reading. They can be printed, laminated and bound for use with small groups or in partners or used individually as a graphic organizer.
Skill Based Anchor Charts
Guided Reading Binder
One of the most beneficial resources I’ve created to use with small groups is my guided reading binder. I set it up by skill to make it easy for the teachers in my building. They can quickly pull their guided reading books and the page or two that they want to use with the book. As new resources are found or created, they’re added to the binder to keep learning fresh and fun. The resource to the right is the PDF version, but I also have a digital version too that can be used for skill modeling on the Smartboard or with one-to-one devices using Google Slides TM. You can check that out HERE.