How to Engage Your Students During Guided Reading Instruction

Do you know how to engage your students during guided reading instruction? Learn about 3 resources to add to your guided reading table to teach decoding strategies, reading comprehension and phonemic awareness all while keeping your students engaged during your guided reading instruction.

Guided reading is an essential part of your reading time.  However, it is usually a small chunk of time each day so you need to make the most of it and engage your students during guided reading.  So how do you do that? I am going to share with you 3 things you should have at your guided reading table to make your time run smoothly and to help keep your students engaged during guided reading instruction.  

How to Use Halloween Poems to Introduce Sight Words

Use halloween poetry to teach and review sight words.

I am so happy stopped by to visit my blog.  I am joining Rachael from the Classroom Game Nook Blog and many other talented teachers for this blog hop full of Teaching Tricks!  What more could you ask for?  

My trick is to use Poetry to introduce sight words.  It is a great way for students to see the words in context and the content is short and sweet.  You can use the poems to work on reading fluency and visualizing as well so you get more bang for your curriculum buck!

In the week leading up to Halloween I use this set of sight word poems.  We use them on the Smartboard and in the pocket chart to get in lots of review.  You can find one poem in the sample pack but the full resource has 6 poems, worksheets for review and pocket chart pieces for an additional literacy center.

Use the Smartboard to project Halloween sight word poems.

Have students circle the sight words in the poem - the ones you are introducing and ones that are already on your word wall.

Create a cloze activity with the sight word poem so students can identify missing sight words in context.

Turn the poem into a Cloze activity and have your students figure out the missing sight word to make the poem make sense.

Provide independent practice with the poem by having students read the poem, identify the sight words and answering a comprehension question.

Use this worksheet and the others included to review so many skills:
~reading the poem
~finding the sight words in context
~visualizing and drawing a picture that matches the poem
~comprehension - each poem has an "in the text" comprehension question to answer. 

You can find this poem and 6 others in my poetry pack by clicking on the image below.

Halloween sight word poems are a fun way to introduce and review sight words.

Now please head over to the next blog to pick up more tricks!

Until next time,


Celebrating Halloween in the Classroom? Keep it Simple!

Halloween in the classroom can be a CrAzY time so I am so glad you stopped by. I am going to be sharing a few helpful ideas and FREEBIES to help with your Hallowe'en celebrations in the classroom.

My best advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

In my experience in First Grade it is best to celebrate within your predictable routine.  We already know our children are beside themselves with excitement.  By enjoying fun Halloween activities in the regular structure of the day your students get to celebrate, but things are less likely to slip over the edge into chaos!

The week of or before Halloween I intentionally choose word wall words with the "oo" sound so I can review the two sounds these letters make.  I use this quick little activity in my centers for the week.  Just sign up below to grab the FREEBIE!

Practice the OO sound with this FREE clip card set for OO as in Boo and OO as in book

Who doesn't love to do Halloween Art projects!  We created paint chip Frankenstein's using green paint chips from the hardware store! The students love this one so I will be doing this craft every year.  This is a great low cost craft that really showcases each student's creativity.

Make a Frankenstein using a a paint chip and construction paper
In math, we will be using my new Halloween patterning center this week as we wrap up patterning. As a special thank you for stopping by, you can grab this Math Center FREEBIE to use with your students.  Students will look at each card and determine if it shows a pattern or not and then place it on the sorting mat.  I have also included a recording sheet so students can record their work as they go. Click on the picture to grab it.

Use this FREE patterning center to practice identify patterns and non-patterns.

There are so many great Halloween books to pick from, but these are a few of my favorites that I always share with my students.

Now make your way to the next blog for another great tip and freebie!  Click on the ghost below to head to the next blog.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

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