Professional Development

May 6, 2019

Level B Guided Reading

Guided reading – how do those words make you feel? I’ve talked to so many teachers who would love to try it out, but don’t know how to get started. I’ve talked to some teachers who are doing it, but aren’t totally sure if they are doing it correctly. I get it! It can be a lot to take in. But friends, guided reading is so worth learning how to do right!

Level B guided reading material spread

I decided to create an all-inclusive resource that I wish I had when I began teaching: Guided Reading Level B. This kit will help you get started, tweak practices, or take you to the next level with your teaching at the table. I provide coaching through the entire process so you’ll feel confident no matter where you are with guided reading. It also has a bunch of tips for organizing everything and some of my best organizational practices.

Behaviors to Support for Level B

Before we dive in, let’s talk about some of the reading behaviors for level B guided reading. These students should be:

  • Beginning to remember and use language patterns
  • Starting to read two lines of text per page
  • Cross-checking meaning (usually the picture) with the first letter of a word
  • Increasing known sight words

You can grab my FREE Guided Reading Resource Cards for levels A-Q HERE. Just print them off, put them on binder rings, and keep them handy. They’re super helpful for lesson planning! There are three different sets of cards: Behaviors to Support, Word Work, and Comprehension Strategies & Fluency.

Student Materials for Level B Guided Reading

The Guided Reading Level B kit has six printable books you can make for your reading groups. Each book can be printed in both color and black and white. The illustrations strongly support the text and will keep your young readers engaged. Everything you’ll need for the word work activities for each book is also included – Elkonin boxes, letter tiles, picture cards, alphabet charts, etc.

Lesson Plans for Level B Guided Reading

Each of the six books has its own one day and two day lesson plans. You can choose what works best for you and your readers. I wrote everything out in explicit detail so you won’t have any confusion on what to do before, during, and after reading. I’m basically your coach through the process! The vocabulary and sight words cards you’ll need for each book are also included for you.

Teaching Guides for Level B Guided Reading

One of my favorite visuals for guided reading are the posters included in this kit. You can use the posters to introduce and remind students of their decoding and comprehension strategies. I like to hang them behind my table for easy reference.

I also added a guide to walk you through the entire guided reading cycle and what each component should look like. From the alphabet and sight word practice all the way through word work and guided writing at the end, you’ll know exactly what to do!

Finally, there are detailed notes on how to take running records on your students. They are so crucial to progress monitoring, I knew I had to include it.

You can also grab a FREE running record cheat sheet in this post HERE as well as learn more about running records.  

Parent Guides for Level B Guided Reading

When your students move to level B in guided reading, it can be super helpful to parents to walk them through where their students are. The parent note explains what their child can now do, what they are working on, and what they will learn next. These are a great way to keep parents in the loop on their child’s reading progress.

Each individual book also has a parent’s guide to send home. It has tips for helping their child while reading and questions to ask after reading. You’re sure to set your students’ parents up for success with these notes that lay everything out for them!

Phew! If this sounds like a lot, it’s because it is! I really wanted this to be all-inclusive so you’ll be left feeling confident during guided reading. I truly hope you’ll feel empowered, organized, and ready to implement it. Head over to my TpT store to grab the Guided Reading Level B kit.

If you’re interested in saving some money, you can buy the Guided Reading Kindergarten Bundle: Levels A-D.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

If you’re brand new to guided reading, I would start with these:

If you’ve already started implementing guided reading, check these posts out for helpful tips:

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Happy Teaching,



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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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