March 05, 2003
My guided reading is very different from semester to semester. First semester, guided reading is focused on skill development for most of the students. Consequently, the tasks when not engaged in guided reading class focus on skill development through center activities. The center activities include a math center, a writing center, a science or social studies center, a listening center, and a read and respond center. Because of limited space, I in fact have center boxes, the children gather the supplies and then move to their spot or an appropriate working space. Second semester, the children are engaged in projects that apply skills. Centers have been almost totally replaced with the project activities that are designed to integrate social studies or science with math, reading and writing. Tasks are defined for the children on the overhead. The children are encouraged to consult with peers when having a question. During groups, I wear a red pony tail band on my wrist during reading groups to remind the children to stop before approaching me and consider if a peer could help them out.