I am linking up with my fellow Florida teaching bud Jen for her Guided Reading Toolbox Linky.
I just LOVE this linky! I am getting all kinds of ideas for goodies I can add to my stash!!!
Before I start with my sharing, I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all the words of encouragement I got on my last post! I was really feeling down (even more down about blogging about it) and your words of encouragement and support really helped me!!! I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to reach out with a comment or an email:) We are all in this together and I had forgotten that and was feeling quite alone! Thanks for the cyber hugs!!!!
Ok, on to my goodies!!!
Yes, I do guided reading in 4th grade and YES, I try to add little things here and there to make it fun and functional:) Get ready for a ton of pics:)
Here are a few of the items that are in my Guided Reading "Toolbox".
This little basket is always right next to me at my guided reading table. It's full of lots of the things I use for guided reading groups (and some goodies for me....Bath and Body Pumpkin Lotion, Bath and Body Antibacterial Gel.....gotta have that stuff...lol)
I haven't broken these out yet this year but they were a huge hit last year! I picked up these little finger lights at Dollar Tree. The kids love them and LOVE to read with them:) Anything like this makes reading so much fun:)
Lots and lots of post its:) For me.....for my kids....for both!!! We use them for everything! You can NEVER have enough post its:)
I forgot where I got these. They look like bookmarks but are clear, colored overlays that the kids can use as they are reading. They love these too!! I keep them in my basket.
We use the BIG Dollar Tree puddles (that's what I call them at least) for reading too! This idea I got from one of my teammies and I have seen it in a couple of the other link ups at Jen's.
I always have my dry erase board handy. For pics or words or chunking....whatever:) The kiddos each have their own too. They usually don't bring them to guided reading BUT do bring them to guided math every day!!
I can never have enough timers. These are from the Dollar Tree too (kitchen section). Helps keep us on track each day. My kids have gotten pretty good with transitioning between rotations. As soon as they hear the timer go off they are up and moving;)
I found these fun, fruity drink stirrers a LONG time ago on clearance somewhere and they have been wonderful to use to track words while they are reading.
I made these pointer/trackers out of pencils and Dr. Seuss erasers.
I also have lots of highlighting tape. Great for vocab or finding context clues:)
I wouldn't be able to function without my Multiple Choice Fans. My husband and I made these 2 years ago and they have held up just great! They are awesome to use with the passages we are doing that have multiple choice answers. The kids can pick an answer and hide it until I say "show me"....then they all show me and I get a great, quick assessment of who gets it and who doesn't:)
I hope you got some new, fun ideas from taking a peek into my guided reading toolbox! Now I am off to Jen's to get some more ideas:) Have a great week everyone!