Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Reading Groups Organization

I'm linking up with Ideas by Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! This week's topic: reading groups organization.  Here's a little peak into my guided reading organization!

Ugh!  Glare!

I keep everything for guided reading in my guided reading binder: class lists, groupings, lesson plans and conference notes.
The first page in my binder is a flexible grouping sheet that my school provides.  We use this sheet to note the groups of students and their instructional focus.

I use a few gradebook pages from BusyTeachersCafe to keep track of the center rotations for the week.  I list the centers along the top to keep track of which student has been to which center during the week.  It's a little sloppy by the end of the month, but it gets the job done!
  You may notice that there are some students who do not go to centers.  This is because we have AIS and ESL during reading workshop, so those students are pulled out.

I use the same gradebook page to keep track of my reading conferences.  This page is from the first marking period, so it's a bit sparse.  I just note the date of the conference on the gradebook page. 
The rest of my binder is organized by guided reading group.  I keep my lesson plans and observation sheets in those sections.  
My school has one uniform conference/observation sheet that we all use:
This stays in the binder as well until it is completely filled in and then I move it to my data binder.

For lesson plans, I keep most of my questions in stickies in my books, but I like to jot down a few ideas before I start the lesson.  I made this little sheet to write my plans for two days of guided reading.  
I like having two days side-by-side.  It helps me remember what we've discussed and where we are headed. 

If you want to grab any of these forms, you can download this freebie from my TpT store!
Be sure to link up with Jivey to show how you organize your reading groups!


  1. Ahhh I do love me some binders! Thanks for linking up, and the freebie!
    ideas by jivey

  2. Yay another fifth grade blog! I teach year six in New Zealand which is equivalent to fifth grade over there :)

    I too organise all my reading a one big binder. I really like your two day planner- I too plan two at a time like that so I can see what we've just done etc but I have an ugly planner I need to jam things on because I've got all four reading groups on the one page. Although it's a bit more paper I like the idea of having one page per group. I'll have to try that next term! (Only six days left of this term to go! Woohoo!

    I've just started following you- it's great to find another blogger with students about the same age!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  3. I love your binder! Thanks for the freebie! I use that same form from Busy Teachers for my guided reading groups - I blogged about it too for this same linky!

  4. Thanks for the freebie! The lesson plans look like something I could manage...since I don't currently plan right now :P. Thanks for sharing!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your plans. I found my way here through a Rafflecopter and I always love seeing how other teachers organizer their plans!

  6. Awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love reading what others are doing.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching