Reading Process Classroom Environment Instructional Decision Making Guided Reading Lessons


“It is through guided reading, however, that teachers can show children how to read and can support children as they read. Guided reading leads to independent reading that builds the process; it is the heart of a balanced literacy program.” -Fountas & Pinnell


Lesson Segment
(Video Clip)
General Purpose
Questions to Consider as You Watch the Lesson (Links to Facilitator Notes for PLC)
Teacher Commentary
(Video Clip)
Before Viewing Review Book and Reader Characteristics for Levels 1-2 and the book, A Day at School, or other Level 1 books before viewing the teacher commentary. Introduction to the Lesson (2:41)
Working with Letters (2:44) Build visual memory and discrimination; build automaticity with letter recognition and formation Students use magnetic letters to sort or match letters by upper/lower case, color, sound, or other attributes, or match to an alphabet chart. Also review letter formation. What procedures are used in this letter-matching activity? What goals do these procedures support? Working with Letters (1:53)