As more time is going by, teachers are putting together distance learning lesson plans and trying to reach out to students in their classrooms to keep moving them forward in learning. I want to help make part of the reading aspect a little easier for you! You all know how much I love guided reading, and I’ll show you how you can teach guided reading remotely.
Teaching guided reading remotely looks a little different than it does in the classroom, and it won’t be as exact as it is at your table. But, it can be done! Remember to give yourself some grace as you get it up and running.
Start on the level where your students left off.
Use the last running record you have for each of your students. Or, check the reading level of each student in your guided reading binder if you have it. Start students on the level they last left off on. Most of us were on spring break, so students could use a little more practice on their current levels before moving up a level.
If you don’t have access to your data right now, do your best to estimate where your students were when you last were in school. Most of us were not expecting to leave for spring break and not return after a week. You can assess students as they go and adjust levels if you were off.
Email parents a digital guided reading book each week
Teaching guided reading remotely starts with finding leveled digital books to share with parents. If your school has access to a digital literacy library, this step will be easy for you. You might reach out to your school or district literacy coordinator and see what resources they have access to or are working on getting access to for teachers.
If you purchased any of my Guided Reading Kits for levels A-M, I have great news for you! I just updated them and included a digital copy of each text for you. You can email it to parents to share with their children. If they don’t have a computer, it will load on smartphones as a pdf.
Share helpful tips and teaching tools with parents
Parents may not know what to do with the book you send, so be sure to include some tips, directions, and questions to ask. You might ask them to discuss the title, take a picture walk, and make predictions before reading. Keep it simple.
The new digital version of my guided reading kits adds the parent handout page at the end with:
- tips for what to do while reading
- how to prompt a reader if they get stuck
- questions to ask after reading to check for comprehension
One great post you might share with the parents in your classroom is Supporting Reading at Home. It has tons of practical and easy-to-implement tips and activities parents can do at home. This post also has FREE guided reading strategy posters. Parents can print them out to have visual aids for reading at home!
In THIS POST, I shared how to share reading tips with kindergarten parents. This was a packet I put together to send home with kindergarteners, but you could easily modify pieces to send home with first or second-grade students.
Finally, I also have a FREE Reading at Home Parent Handout that gives tips for cultivating a love of reading within children. This handout has ideas for reading together, types of books to read, and how often to read. Grab it HERE and send it to your parents.
Assess students’ reading levels by checking in with parents
Teaching guided reading remotely means assessing a little differently with some creativity! There are a few ways you can assess students’ progress in reading.
First, you can ask parents to send you a video of their child reading the book you sent home. You can listen for accuracy, fluency, and overall confidence while reading. Then, determine if you think they are ready to move up a level.
Second, you can email to check in with parents and ask them for some feedback by asking these questions:
- Was the book very easy, just right, or did it seem hard?
- Could your child answer the questions after they read the book two or three times?
- Did you notice anything else I should know about while your child was reading?
You can move a child up a guided reading level when the parent reports back two to three times in a row that a book was easy or just right. Again, we’re doing our best to estimate reading levels and encourage students to continue to make progress in reading.
Try something, and if it works, great! If not, adjust what you’re doing and try again. Hang in there, friends!
If you don’t have access to digital books or have parents asking for more resources, my guided reading kits might be for you. They have scripted lesson plans, six texts for each level, parent involvement notes, word work activities for each text, and more. You can grab them here:
Remember, if you’ve already purchased any bundle or individual level, go redownload to get the latest version with the digital books!
If you want to share the lesson plans for each book with the parents in your classroom, please contact me. I’m happy to share the guidelines for doing that with you!
If you think your team would benefit from the guided reading bundles, please email me. I offer discounts for multiple licenses at one campus. Email me and we can chat! 🙂