Let’s Get This Reading Strategy Group Party Started! Are you excited to learn about Reading Strategy Groups? We truly believe that Reading Strategy Groups are the missing piece in most reading programs! Sometimes, your readers just need that one missing piece to make all the difference in their Reading Comprehension!
Reading Comprehension and Reading Strategy Groups
Have you ever read with a student and they couldn’t tell you what they were reading? Of course you have! We’re teachers! This happens way too often! There are many strategies that good readers use while they are reading. After reading with a student, or having a Reading Conference (Psst… we’ve got a blog post on Reading Conferences! Click HERE if you haven’t checked it out!), maybe you notice that a student is just reading the words and not actually picturing, or visualizing, what the author is really saying. This student would be placed in your Visualizing Reading Strategy Group! Check out the image below to see the Reading Strategies that we focus on in our classrooms.
What Are Reading Strategy Groups?
A Reading Strategy Group is one type of small group instruction, and in our opinion, one of the easiest! Students are placed into a Reading Strategy Group when the teacher has found that they have a common strategy that needs improvement. Reading Strategy Groups should be anywhere from 4-6 students and they last anywhere from 5-10 minutes. The groups can meet 1-3 times a week, depending on the needs of your students. Reading Strategy Groups differ from Guided Reading Groups because each student brings their own book and is reading at their own level. The strategy itself is the focus of the group, not the reading level of the students.
The Teacher’s Role in Reading Strategy Groups
The teacher’s role in Reading Strategy Groups is to bring a group of students together that share a common strategy that needs improvement. Teachers are responsible for identifying the weakness, creating the group and bringing together the materials and students.
We identify weak strategies during Reading Conferences and record the students’ names under each strategy on a recording sheet. Once we have 4-6 students that have been identified, we start the next step. The next step is gathering the materials. We select a text (usually a class read aloud book), copy our strategy booklets that walks us though the strategy, and copy bookmarks that have the strategy’s definition, visuals and thinking stems. Finally, we call students to meet together and the students bring their own text.
Once we are in our Reading Strategy Group, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
We start by modeling the strategy by using a think aloud. We read part of our passage aloud and model how to use the reading strategy. Next, we have students read part of their text and practice using the same strategy in the way that we modeled. Depending on the size of your group and the amount of time, you can have students take turns and read their text out loud and then model the strategy one at a time, or you can have them read silently and then share. Finally, if students have shown their understanding, they will leave the group and practice independently. If there is a students that still does not show understanding of the strategy, we will ask them to stay and go over it with them one-on-one.
What to do After a Reading Strategy Group
After a Reading Strategy Group is over, we want to provide time for our students to practice the strategy with their independent reading book. Again, we love to provide our students with a bookmark that gives the definition, visuals and thinking stems that they can use as a reminder when reading. At their next conference, we will check in again to see how they are doing with the strategy that we worked on together. If the student has shown mastery, they will no longer need to be in the group. If they are still weak in the strategy, their name can go back on the list and can meet again with a new group of students. Groups should be seen as flexible and can meet throughout the year as needed.
The Reward of Reading Strategy Groups
Not all teachers do Reading Strategy Groups in their classrooms. The reward for doing them is that you will truly see your students grow as readers. Reading Strategy Groups are quick and easy and do not require a lot of work on the teacher’s part. Pick your strategy, run copies, gather your students, model, guide and watch your readers blossom! The real reward is seeing your students smile when you say, “Get out your books! It’s time for reading!”
Want Reading Strategy Groups to be even easier?
Grab our Reading Strategy Group Bundle by clicking HERE or on the image below!
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I am interested in this, but I need more information to be able to implement it. Thank you for this posting! 🙂
You’re very welcome! Is there any questions you still have after reading the post? We would love to help in any way we can!
Do you have a page to get the posters you have?
The posters are included in the REading Strategy resource.
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This sounds like an amazing resource to implement in the classroom! I love a good resource that reaches all learners in meaningful ways! I will certainly implement this in my classroom!!! Thank you!
This is amazing!! I’ve been talking with my team and we realized we need ton add this next year! We are planning to get together over the summer to revamp our curriculum units and this is one of the things we want to include!!! Getting this packet would be a great start!
I am very interested in the booklets and using them with my groups. I am still working on getting my strategy group lessons down to just 5-10 minutes – hopefully the booklets will help with this timing ?
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I can’t wait to have some free time during spring break to really go through all of this better. Its all so awesome!
How do you balance this with your grade level standards?
I struggle with strategy grouping. I just can’t find the time to fit this in. I teach dual-language and with time I need for that as well as eld instruction… I do need a more efficient way.
I’m excited to see what you have! We are beginning our reading strategy groups soon! It would be great to have additional resources to choose from or even replace what we have used in the past!
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As a fairly new ELA teacher, I am always looking for ideas about how to reach the individual needs of my reading students. I love the idea of reading strategy groups and look forward to implementing this idea in my classroom.
This looks great! It will fit nicely with my Daily 5 I think!
Love everything about this!
I really like this way of approaching reading strategies. I am going to be in my first year of teaching next year and I would love to try this out!
How can I get your bundle? Do u sell it?
Yes, there is a link at the bottom of this post. You can also click on the image.