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Jump Into Reading Groups: Getting To Know Your Readers


Greetings from Mrs. Reynolds Reading Room!

How is THAT for alliteration!?!?! :)

I am heading into my third week of school, and I have to say that the switch from teaching in a gen ed classroom to small group instruction has been delightful!  I am still working out some scheduling quirks, and compiling lessons and activities that will both engage and help my striving readers, but the change has been good for me!  I still come home physically exhausted--as I am still working on my stamina--but my mind, heart, and spirit feel invigorated!

As the month of September begins, I thought I would share some getting acquainted activities and routines that were successful with my students.  Hopefully, you will find them useful with yours!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!

My new school has a program called JUMP START that brings small groups of students from 
grades 1-4  in for two-weeks of skill review before they take their fall STAR assessment.  As the new Reading Intervention teacher in the building, I felt that it was important to establish not only familiar routines with my kids, but also establish a rapport by finding out what their likes, dislikes, and book interests were.

Because we only have 30 minutes per day to get our important work done, establishing fair rules and emphasizing that our time be spent wisely were two of my first group goals.  My colleague and I came up with a behavior punch card system based on four simple guidelines.


READING ROOM EXPECTATIONS
Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!



READING ROOM REWARDS
Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!

Our students seem very motivated by this system, and it keeps them accountable for their own choices during group time.  Once they have earned 10 card punches, we will celebrate with prizes from the Treasure Box and special refreshments!  We will also enjoy our first Flashlight Friday, where independent reading takes place with the room lights off and our flashlights focused on our favorite books!

Another goal of mine during our first few group meetings was to find out what kinds of books my students like to read and what makes reading enjoyable and/or hard for them.  We spent at least half of one meeting discussing these points and making lists for me to refer to as I planned lessons and shopping lists.  As a former primary classroom teacher, I found that my classroom library was sadly lacking in the type of reading material that third and fourth graders enjoy.  Luckily, my school parent club allots a generous sum to every teacher at the beginning of the school year so I was able to shop until I dropped this holiday weekend.  I cannot wait to share the contents of these boxes tomorrow!


STUDENT READING SURVEY
Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!

What is inside of these packages will be revealed in another blog post, but for now I will close by sharing the materials featured above in case you would like to give your readers a jump start this year!  Here is the link to the resource highlighted below!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!



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Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


As always, I thank you for sharing my story!  I hope you will return to this blog, my TpT Store, my Facebook page, my Instagram account, my Twitter account, and my Pinterest boards often to learn along with me in Room 45 this year!  It is a very welcoming, safe, and cozy space where Book Buddies abound!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!


Until next time, continue to keep calm, teach on, and carry a song in your heart!




Jennifer Reynolds
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