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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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! 
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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!
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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. 
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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!
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Happy Reading!
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Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

2 Responses

  1. I love this! Is there a bundle with everything shown here available in your TPT store? I would love to implement this in guided reading for my first grade class next year but not sure which products would be best to purchase. Thank you!

  2. Hi Judith,
    I just saw your comment- sorry for the delayed reply! I have a few different first grade bundles you may want to check out. I have both fiction and non fiction passages for Levels Pre A-V. If your readers tend to be on a first grade level, I linked to my 1st grade level fiction and non fiction bundles below. If you tend to have readers that span a larger range of levels, you may want to consider my A-M bundle, which covers Kinder-2nd grade, which I also linked to below. In the images in this blog post, I show both my fiction and non fiction leveled readers, which you can buy as a combo bundle for the best deal.
    Hope that helps!
    Aylin 🙂

    Level E-J Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-E-J-1680272

    Level E-J Non Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-E-J-Non-Fiction-3569499

    Level E-J Fiction & Non Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-E-J-Fiction-and-Non-Fiction-Editions-3644006

    Level A-M Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-A-M-1774838

    Level A-M Non Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-A-M-Non-Fiction-3508081

    Level A-M Fiction & Non Fiction Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Guided-Reading-Passages-Bundle-Level-A-M-Fiction-and-Non-Fiction-Editions-3644018

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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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