If you teach guided reading in K-2, you’ll want to check out our recommended guided reading supplies!
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If you teach guided reading in K-2, you know that it’s helpful to have supplies on hand. Here are the essentials!
- Decodable texts. While I used to promote only leveled texts, my research on the science of reading has helped me understand that our youngest readers need decodable text to help them orthographically map the words (make them part of their permanent sight word vocabulary). Search for decodable text in the search bar of this website for more information.
- Other texts. Personally, I would not use other texts with beginning readers until they have a solid phonics foundation and are focused on print. If you have students who will use the pictures or context to guess at words, they are not ready for other texts. (Yes, this is a shift in how I’ve taught reading in the past. If you’d like more information, please contact me via the Contact tab.)
- A kidney table or other place to meet with your groups of 3-6 students at a time. We love kidney tables because you can sit close to each of your students.
- Plastic stackable drawers to keep behind your workspace. Store the supplies for each guided reading group in its own drawer.
- A large 3-ring binder in which you store all your essential paperwork (Psst… you can get all these forms and more in our online course, Teaching Every Reader!)
- Lesson plan templates
- Reference sheets
- Teacher prompts
- Assessment forms
- An interactive white board or tabletop easel like this one that you can use when making teaching points
- Student dry erase boards and markers – perfect for word work, predicting, and demonstrating reading comprehension
- Student alphabet charts
- Fun finger lights for beginning readers who are learning to match voice to print
- Post-it Notes for answering questions, making connections to text, and more
- Highlighter tape for marking answers in text
- Small manipulatives for elkonin boxes
- A class set of magnetic letters for doing word work
- Whisper phones that keep students reading at the right volume (you can buy the one pictured above, but this tutorial will help you make your own)
- A digital timer for keeping yourself on track
- A plastic caddy for storing all your small supplies
- A hat, scarf, or other signal to remind your students that you’re “off limits” except in an emergency