Literacy Activities for Small Groups is an invaluable resource for teachers who want to manage a differentiated literacy program. Managing a reading program where you work directly with small groups – as in guided reading – is challenging. You need reading practices that allow you to work without interruption with one group, while the rest of the class is involved in relevant and carefully selected activities in literacy learning centres.
- Literacy Activities for Small Groups answers the following questions:
- How do you organise the classroom for small group work?
- How do you encourage children to learn independently?
- What activities will help children to develop their literacy?
The first chapter covers practical classroom issues such as:
- using texts as the stimulus for focused teaching;
- providing relevant literacy activities;
- using a management task board;
- support strategies and assessment and grouping.
It also provides a sample four-week plan for getting started that gives details of the strategies and activities that could be used. The rest of the book provides a range of activities for emergent, early and fluent readers that will allow them to build on knowledge imparted during focused learning, and discover new concepts through active exploration and experimentation.