This reading unit is designed to provide six weeks of detailed reading instruction for any reading workshop or guided reading classroom! In addition to the PDF file, all student pages are available digitally through Google Slides. This unit includes 30 day-by-day lessons. You’ll also find pacing guides and standard alignment to keep you organized.
There is a balance between informational reading and literature within this reading unit. Each detailed lesson plan includes a mini lesson, independent reading time, and closing. The mini lesson typically includes a mentor text, where I give you multiple text suggestions. There is also a handout or guided practice activity for each of the 30 comprehension lessons lessons.
Skills/Concepts in the 3RD GRADE VERSION Include:
- Nonfiction Text Features-table of contents, index, glossary, captions, diagrams, maps, insets, sidebars, hyperlinks, charts, and tables
- Nonfiction Text Structure
Skills/Concepts in the 4th GRADE VERSION Include:
- Main Idea
- Nonfiction Text Structures-compare & contrast, cause & effect, sequential order, question & answer, problem & solution
When there is an overlap of skills/concepts in the third and fourth/fifth grade versions, the lessons are more advanced and in-depth in the fourth/fifth grade version.
There are FIVE novel studies that can be used for book clubs that are aligned to the lessons within the unit! These novel studies are completely optional, so if they’re not right for your students-no worries!
Novel Studies Include:
- Out of My Mind
- The Wild Robot
- The Van Gogh Deception
Each week’s vocabulary instruction follows the same format to provide consistency and easy to follow routines. All vocabulary words are Tier 2 words from the mentor texts in the reading units. Students create a vocabulary notebook or journal for their vocabulary words. The first few pages of the notebooks are used for a general word bank. The next set of pages include a word bank for prefixes and suffixes. The remainder of the notebook is for students’ weekly vocabulary practice.
- Monday: As a class produce brief definitions for each word.
- Tuesday: Brainstorm examples and non examples of each vocabulary word.
- Wednesday: Draw a picture representation of each word.
- Thursday: Students write words in high-quality sentences.
- Friday: Students take a brief vocabulary quiz over the six terms.
Since repeated reading is one of the best ways to improve students’ reading fluency, there is one fluency passage for each week of instruction. The fluency passages should be sent home on Monday, and students should read the passage orally to an adult each night of the school week. These passages may be sent home on an as-needed basis.
Reading Centers/Literacy Centers and/or Reading Homework
There is a weekly choice board that can be used as part of your centers or as a homework assignment. As with all parts of this unit, the choice board is completely optional. On the choice board, there are 9 reading activities for students to choose from. You can set the parameters on what activities to complete, how many activities to complete, etc.
Total Pages: 160-170
File Size: 44 MB
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3rd-5th Grade Guided Reading Unit