This morning- yes on a Saturday- I went to school to tackle my Guided Reading Table. The table was there, but another person walking into the room would have sworn I did not have one; it was that overwhelmed with materials that I needed to reorganize, sift through, and revamp! This year I am going to have a much smaller class for Literacy (I am teaching 1st and 2nd Grade Science, Math, Social Studies, Technology, and Health). I will only have 7 2nd graders for Guided Reading so I need to really examine how I am going to do Guided Reading groups and what my Literacy block is going to look like (I know, I have less than a summer to have this ironed out). I did come across two items that I thought I would share with you that were really helpful last year and will be heavily used this year again. The first is a Reading Strategies Bookmark Each student had one that he/she could use and we would talk about the strategies they were using to make them successful 2nd Grade readers! The second one, Reading and Thinking Strategies Bookmark, assists the reader with word attack skills! It helps answer the question, What do I do if I can't read a word? (on the prior link scroll down 3/4 of the page to find the bookmarks). At the end of the year, I allowed my 2nd Graders to keep them; hopefully they would be friendly reminders to read over the summer! Once I have my Guided Reading area and Classroom Library done, I will share some pictures with you! SMILES!!!