Once children have been exposed to the new words in the text they are reading and are familiar with vocabulary words, they are ready to read the book. If you haven’t worked on preloading words, you will find our suggestions here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/09/24/planning-day-1-of-small-group-instruction/
There are many ways you might choose to read the book together. Here are some ideas we use in our own classrooms:
- Echo read – the teacher reads a sentence, modeling fluency and expression. The students repeat after the teacher.
- Read together – the students and teacher read the book together out loud.
- Whisper read – like read together but students use a whispering voice.
- Partner read
- Read to self – when I choose to have my students read to self, I like to take my free time to listen to each student read a page to me.
- Read to self, 1 page at a time – for students who might need comprehension support. Have students read one page independently. When they finish, ask comprehension questions to make sure students are understanding as they read.
As you can see, day 2 is the easiest day of small group instruction to plan. If you have other great ways to have children read their books during small group instruction, please share with us below!