Gay Su Pinnell
Author of Scholastic's Guided Reading Program
Try Sample Lessons from the Scholastic Guided
Reading has brought me so much joy throughout the years.
Each week, you can find me reading one, two, or even more books.
This love of reading is a gift I want to share with as many children
as possible. To love reading, however, one must be able to read
successfully and be exposed to a wide range of books on interesting
and enjoyable topics. In light of the fact that so many of our
children are struggling with reading, we can all agree that we
must do everything we can to support them in this process.
That's why I am so excited about the Scholastic
Guided Reading Programs. We know students need practice reading
both fiction and nonfiction texts (particularly as they prepare
for the year-end high-stakes assessments). Plus, more excellent
books means more reasons for your kids to read.
With the growing emphasis on practicing the essential skills
of reading, Scholastic's Guided Reading Blue Edition addresses
the five key areas of the Reading First legislation & phonemic
awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Targeted,
purposeful lessons in these areas are included for your use.
I want to sincerely thank you for all you're doing to develop
readers in your classrooms. I believe in these books and I believe
in this program.
I am looking forward to learning of your success!
Dr. Gay Su Pinnell
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Getting Started With Guided Reading in Your Classroom
What Is Guided Reading? from
the Scholastic Guided Reading Program: Blue Edition (PDF file)
& Results for the Scholastic Guided Reading Program (PDF file)
Putting It to Work
in the Primary Classroom, Mary Kreul
to Readers, G.S. Pinnell
The Guided Reading system for book leveling assigns
each book a letter (A-Z) based on the degree of challenge it represents.
Guided Reading Levels go beyond readability formulae to take in
many factors that affect the challenge of a book - its length, layout,
illustrations, structure and organization, content, theme, and other
characteristics. The chart below indicates approximate grades at
which children will be able to tackle books in each level. Click
on the sample lessons for the selected levels. All books and lessons
are taken from Scholastic's
Guided Reading Blue. The books listed below are also available
in Scholastic's online Teacher Store.
||A, B, C, D
||A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I
Will the Weather Be Like Today?
||E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N
About Things People Do
||J, K, L, M, N, O, P
What Came From Mexico
||M, N, O, P, Q, R
||Q, R, S, T, U
You Lived With a Cherokee
||V, W, X, Y, Z
Fountas, Irene, and G.S. Pinnell. Guided Reading:
Good First Teaching for All Children. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann
Fountas, Irene, and G.S. Pinnell. Matching Books
to Readers: A Book List for Guided Reading, K-3. Portsmouth,
NH: Heinemann Educational, 1999.
Michael Opitz. Flexible Grouping in Reading.
Scholastic Professional Books, 1998.