Friday, June 14, 2013

No More Whole Group Phonics For Me

How many of you out there are like me? I hated teaching phonics whole group because I knew half the class didn't need it because the skill I was teaching was so far below their needs, the rest either needed it and couldn't attend whole group or weren't ready for it yet.
Well, this year I decided to take my guided reading and differentation to a new level. I decided to teach phonics in small group only during guided reading. No more whole group phonics lessons, which meant more time for guided reading. Who doesn't need more time for guided reading?
To do this, it meant that I was going to have to change how I used my assessments. In my district, we use TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory - similar to DIBELS I gather) along with the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Kit. I used what I learned about children's phonics skills and used them to decide on the starting point for phonics instruction for their group, not just what level they read at.
So some groups started the year with short vowels, some with alphabet knowledge,  and some I started with a quick review of short vowels and moved right on into long vowels.
Naturally, I wanted to share what I had done. Behold! My newest creation. I have been working on this baby all year. I have been using the lesson plans and materials this year with my own kiddos and have seen some tremendous growth as a result. 

This is my guided reading lesson plan and material pack vol. 1 for short vowels (vol. 2 for long vowels, and vol. 3 for vowel digraphs and dipthongs will follow later this summer). It contains 11 weeks of short vowel guided reading lessons.  This pack provides all you need except for the books and poems, which I used from the basal series - it is good for some things. You can use the resources here for groups at any level. In some cases, I was teaching one phonics skill but using leveled readers at different levels to ensure everyone was getting what they needed.  With these materials, you can differentiate by better matching what students need to be learning.   

Interested? Click on the picture below to check out this pack at my TPT store.

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