We spend the bulk of our whole class reading instruction on comprehension. I feel like that is going well. In my beginning of the year assessments, I noticed some red flags with fluency and phonics. This year I'm going to address that in my small groups. The thing about small groups is that I don't have a zillion hours to commit to planning them. Basically we're talking about 15 minutes once, twice, or not at all a week for my kids. The bulk of my planning time needs to go to preparing for whole class lessons. Here's what I'm planning:
Monday: FluencyI dug through the three tons of materials that came along with our reading adoption and found a Tier 2 book on fluency support. It's good. Not UH-mazing but not horrible either. I can supplement, but it's a good basis. We'll have a passage (poetry, reader's theater, non-fiction, fiction, etc) to read each time and sight words to review. I made this to put up when that small group meets:
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Tuesday and Wednesday: Phonics
I divided my kids that needed phonics support into two groups based on need. I found these two books:
They're both 4-6 review, but the content was definitely appropriate for 3rd grade instruction. The first is a more basic and the second is a little more challenging. We review a skill and then practice on white boards or using index cards or whatever. I've also found some phonics games on TPT that I'll use also.
Love this recent purchase:
This will be a flexible group. I'll pull whoever needs it. Next week we're going to work on main idea and supporting details.
While I'm pulling small groups, everyone else is on busy with their Daily (okay Weekly) 5. About half of the class is in either fluency or phonics. Another fourth of them are in both. My really strong kiddos I can pull every once in a while to stretch.
I'm really pleased with how it's going so far! The prep is manageable. Instead of preparing weekly, I make folders for each of them with 6-8 weeks worth of materials. If everything is ready to go easily, it's much more likely to happen.
I made a binder for these plans so I don't have to reinvent the wheel next year. Assuming I'm still in third. Sigh. I never know.
You can download it by clicking on the link below.
Any suggestions for me? How do you handle small groups in the upper grades?