Reading Grade Level Texts Independently

Teaching students to read can be a difficult challenge,especially if students struggle to read. If you are like me, though, you love taking on this challenge and teaching children how to fall in love with reading. I created this bundle to start my kids off on the right track with learning to read by themselves so that later on in the year I would have the ability to begin pulling guided reading groups. I teach this lesson at the very beginning of the year and often refer back to this lesson before sending the kids off to read independently. I hope you find this lesson as enjoyable as I do!

All of my PPT lessons come with a lesson plan so that I can walk you through how you and your students can best succeed with this lesson. This lesson plan walks the students through the gradual release model: I Do, We Do, You Do. The purpose of this model is to understand which students are really struggling and focus your attention on them as you work through the model.

Example of a PPT slide

The first step in all of my PPT lessons is for students to take a Pre-Test. This Pre-Test is a little different than what I normally give students. For this lesson, students will complete a reading inventory. Their parents will complete one as well so you can assess their reading ability and their love, or hatred, towards reading. I thought this would give you some valid data to start with.

Each lesson that I create also contains anticipatory sets. I remember writing these in lesson plans many moons ago and have since missed them. Anticipatory sets are just a quick and easy way for students to become engaged in the upcoming lesson. Some of these cards can be placed in a baggy and used in a station to reinforce the skill.

These are discussion cards that I made editable just for you!

Along with anticipatory sets, I also create formative assessments to go with each bundle. The key to formative assessments is to always model first how to complete one before sending students off to complete one on their own. Formative assessments are a quick check to make sure your students are ready for the summative assessment at the end of the week.

Students practice reading a book and then you complete the rubric each day by watching them read independently. This is also on the PPT slides to remind the students of their daily objective.

At the end of each lesson, I always end with a summative assessment to test my students’ understanding of the lesson. I put this in the gradebook as a reading grade.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and I truly hope that your students fall in love with reading.

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