Reading comprehension is a HUGE part of any reading pro-
gram. Make sure to include it
in your small instruction time. In 2nd grade most of the kids have become fairly fluent readers and are starting to read to learn, rather than learn to read. Although there are always the exceptions in which
a group might be needing more
phonetic based instruction.
Have handy comprehension strategies or create an anchor chart with your group to hang up.
I feel strongly that reading
groups should take place at least
4 days a week. A very important
part of reading instruction time
is the training that starts at the
beginning of the year. It is very
important to train your children
in how they are suppose to act,
get help, etc. during reading
group instruction. If they are
trained properly you should have
a successful year!!
Make sure they know: what to
do if a pencil breaks, who to ask
for help while you are working
with groups, etc.
My school library has tons of
small group leveled books for the
teachers to check out which is
wonderful. I however also use my
Scholastic bonus points to purchase
even more supplies. Think about
using your bonus points to purchase
chapter books in a set of 6 to use
during your reading groups. I have
several sets of chapter books that I use
from that idea.
Other supplies: sticky notes, pointers,
highlighters, reading strategy book-
marks or poster,
What the other kids
Several teachers email me and
ask me what are the other kids
doing while you are teaching
small groups? I spoke on that a
little bit above but can go into
more detail here: In 2nd grade
their attention spans are long
enough to have them do more
reading on their own and less
seatwork...if you do need to do
seatwork, the work must be
authentic standard based work
that is meaningful in order for it to
After seatwork than
After a student has completed the required seatwork they can go to a center. The centers are
up on the board and are organized by their desk coin. For instance, if you sit at a desk of 4 you are either a dime, penny, quarter or nickel. On the board, if you are a dime you may be going to the library center, if you are a penny you may be going to scoop and spell. Etc.
I keep a manila folder for each group
and just give them a color name.
Listed in that folder are pre-copied
pages of reading group organization.
If I can create a new one I will attach
it to this page. The one I have is old
and not saved onto a disk. At the top
is the group color and the current
members in the group. I always date
this because the members can change
frequently. If it’s dated I know that
the last time they were DRA’d and
keep it current that way. Also it’s
helpful to keep it this way for subs.