I am so excited to be joining some blogging buddies to talk all things Guided Reading. I know guided reading can be tricky to fit in and even know what to do with your students! I know it is for me!
Today I wanted to tell you some fun things I do with my groups when learning about Cause and Effect!
I always try to focus on a skill that we have learned early in the week already at my teacher table during guided reading. So this week we started learning and reviewing cause and effect while reading our story. My students love using flipbooks to review different reading and language arts skills. The cause and effect one was fun, because we wrote the examples we heard in the story under the flaps and then on top they got to draw a picture showing a cause and effect.
These flipbooks have been a hit in classrooms everywhere! You can see them HERE or save on the BUNDLE! Here are some teacher testimonies!
Teaching Tip 1: I like to have my comprehension skills poster at my teacher table with me to make it easy to refer to for my students. I put all my comprehension posters on a binder ring, and keep them at the teacher table! See these posters HERE!
Teaching Tip 2: I have my students bring their journal from earlier in the week to my teacher table. This is when we get deeper into the concept of Cause and Effect. We read our leveled readers together, stopping to note when we heard another example of cause and effect. One thing I love doing is having our iPads at the teacher table to show our thinking. The app ShowMe is perfect for this. I have them write the cause, draw an arrow, and then write the effect from the story. They can do this for all causes and effects without wasting paper!
At the end of our time, we review the concept of cause and effect and the story we just read. Then, I let them come up with their own! This is really fun for them and requires them to connect their learning to the real world. I used this sheet for them to draw and explain their cause and effect. You can grab this freebie HERE or by clicking the picture below!
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