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36. Make Reading Groups Your Favourite Part of the Day!

Reading group tips for teachers with Ashleigh + Alisha

We all know what it is like running reading groups in a primary classroom… hectic, to say the least! It is a time when we get to sit down and work closely with our students, but at the same time, we are managing the remainder of the class that is supposed to be working ‘independently’.


Over the years, we have found some activities for groups working independently that are better than others, and today, we want to share this wisdom. Let’s call it our reading group tips.


In this episode of Rainbow Skies for New Teachers, we discuss the 5 golden rules we try to follow when choosing activities for our students to do while we are reading with individuals or small groups. 

Our Reading Group Tips aka Golden Rules 

1. Limit activities that require marking

2. Consider noise level and movement (we want minimal of each)

3. Choose activities that can be used on repeat

4. Don’t underestimate simple activities

5. Teach students how to set and pack away to your standards


We also share activities you can implement in your classroom starting tomorrow. All tasks are aligned with the research from the science of reading and follow our ‘golden rules’ for choosing activities. 


You can find a visual of the suggested reading group activities here.


We know a lot goes into planning reading groups so they run smoothly, and more importantly, students are learning! We hope this gives you some inspiration to guide you in choosing fun and engaging activities that allow you to work with the students in your small group. If you need more help to setup your reading groups so they run like clockwork in your classroom, check out Transform your Reading Groups.


Thank you for joining us, if you enjoyed this episode share the love and send it to a teacher friend.

Rainbows ahead,

Ashleigh and Alisha

Resources mentioned in this episode

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