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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. 
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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!
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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!
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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!

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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! 
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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.

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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.
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Happy organizing & reading!
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Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

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Hi, I'm Aylin!

I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a certified reading specialist who loves talking all things literacy. I have a huge passion for providing resources and support to engage all readers!


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