Small Groups

K-5 Literacy Center Ideas by The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

This resource provides sample literacy activities to use across grouping formats, including centers, for kindergarten to gradeΒ 5. It provides activity ideas across phonological awareness, phonics andΒ word study, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.

Source: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

Planning the Small Group Reading Lesson: Teach and Guide

Small Group Instruction

I just completed a review of 147 reading texts used in our colleges of education to teach teachers how to teach reading (National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ). One troubling observation I made is the lack of guidance to help teachers and soon-to-be teachers understand how to structure small group reading instruction. To be clear, guided reading, a popular small group practice, is a prevalent feature throughout these texts, and it is perplexing that this universal custom lacks consistency. Authors of these texts present guided reading in ways that reflect their personal views of how reading should be taught, and unfortunately many of these views are not reflective of what we have learned about best practices in reading instruction, especially for our very young and struggling readers.

By: The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools

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