Guided Reading for Beginning Readers: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

March 5, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Why we love this book:

The sun is shining and it is warming-up quickly in the Texas Hill Country. That means it’s time to get outside and start digging in the garden! Planting a Rainbow is one of our favorite gardening books for children. Of course we love Lois Ehlert’s bold, colorful illustrations. Who wouldn’t be inspired to plant a rainbow!

With our continued focus on The Components of a Balanced Reading Program we equally appreciate Ehlert’s simple, sequential story that teaches readers how to plant a rainbow in their gardens. This book is appropriate for Read Alouds and also Guided Reading for beginning readers. The extra large print on the pages makes this book easy to read.

Guided Reading for Beginning Readers

FREE printable guide reading book: I Like the Wildflowers

Song Adaptation of I Love the Mountains

Step 1: Book Selection

Step 2: Book Introduction

  • Introduce the basic storyline of the book, “The title of this story is I Like the Wildflowers. It is a story about the different colors of the wildflowers.”
  • For emergent readers look through the pages of the book with the child talking about each page.
  • For emergent readers introduce the pattern on each page, “I like the red flowers.”
    • I know what you are thinking, “What the heck are you doing telling them all of the words in the book!”
    • For the beginning reader, you are simply introducing the pattern of the book.
    • Miss Enigma, age 5, is not yet reading. Even if I model the pattern for her, she does not necessarily memorize it immediately. As she reads I have her point one to one, matching-up her reading to the text.
  • Have the child locate one or two known words, “You know the word like. Can you find the word like for me?”
  • Have the child locate a new word, “What letter would you see at the beginning of the word flower? Can you find the word flower for me?”
  • Introduce any new tricky vocabulary, “Boom-de-ah-da are the words from a song. Here point to them while I read them.”
    • There is no reason for children to stumble over silly or tricky vocabulary.

Step 3: Child Reads the Book

  • The child reads the book pointing one to one.
  • It is perfectly fine for the child to scan the pictures gathering meaning from the page. As the child progresses in his reading skills he will naturally stop relying on the pictures for clues.

Guided Reading Prompts when the Child Gets Stuck

*When I began teaching reading I printed this list of prompts and kept it by my side as the students read. It helped me prompt them when they were struggling with their reading. (FREE printable at the end of this list.)

From the least to the most help:

  1. Are you right? (Ask this sometimes even when the student is correct, teaching the student to cross-check their own reading.)
  2. Try that again.
  3. I like the way you  ______________, but there was a tricky part, or something not quite right. Can you find it? Try that again.
  4. Try that again and think about what makes sense in your story.
  5. Try that again and make it: *look right. * sound right. *make sense.
  6. Do yo know another word like the tricky word. A word that might help you?
  7. Try that again and get your mouth ready for the tricky word.
  8. Try that again and I’ll help you start the tricky word.
  9. You said ______________. Does that :  *look right? sound right? *make sense? match? (one to one pointing)
  10. Could it be _______________ or ______________? (Give the student a correct and an incorrect choice to cross check and select from.)
  11. Could it be _______________? (Tell the child the correct word.)
  • You check if it looks right.
  • You go back and read to check if it sounds right.
  • Did You check if it makes sense?

Print this FREE: Guided Reading Prompts

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one big board book copy of  Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do you garden? What are you planting this spring? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, March 8, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, March 9, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

Reading Resources:

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy B. March 6, 2012 at 6:13 am

Yes, we are planting a veggie garden and have various other plants in flowerbeds. We try to make it a family thing by having the kids help with watering etc.

Brandy March 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

We gardened a couple of springs ago and it was a flop. We haven’t tried again since. I’d like to do it again, though, when we move into a new house.

Stasia March 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

We are going to try to plant again this year. The kids love to dig in the dirt and plant flowers and veggies. I just hope we can finally have a successful garden this year.

Michelle March 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

My girls love helping daddy plant the garden. They plant corn, squash, watermelons and sunflowers. They are excited to pick out seeds to plant this year.

Ellie March 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

We have some flowerbeds, but alas no vegetable garden. We usually plant pansies, marigolds, and tulips. But when we go to visit my parents, who live in the country, it is always a favorite pasttime to help with their extensive garden!

Julie March 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

My 4 yr old really wants us to plant a garden but I have a black thumb! We’ll see.

Tiffany March 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I do not see a spring garden in our future but hopefully a fall garden will happen for us.

mountain mama March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm


yes…we are big gardeners…still enjoying swiss chard, spinach and kale from last years garden!

luckily, my hubs is a landscaper so he and the kids are in charge of the gardening…i just cook it :)

thanks for the giveaway!

Gidget March 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Yes – we have a vegetable garden and 2 fruit trees

Wendy Clark March 9, 2012 at 6:50 am

We do garden-we have a big garden every summer and fruit trees and bushes. Lots of work, but the rewards are worth it.

rochelle tervalon March 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

i would love to share this with my kids

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