Welcome to The Reading Teacher's Plan Book for Beginning Readers! Build your students' reading skills with our systematic, small-group reading program! You will love the easy-to-follow lesson plans in this 400 page resource book. Your students will love the success they experience as they actively engage in research-based activities which promote reading achievement! TheReading Teacher's Plan Book by Marjorie Conrad is designed for1st grade students as well as older readers who struggle with beginning reading skills.
Click on the "Sample Lesson Plans" link to check out these activities and more!
Planning Your Small-Group Instruction
The Reading Teacher’s Plan Book has been designed to help you provide systematic, small-group reading instruction to your beginning readers. It also gives you the flexibility to differentiate your instruction according to the reading level of your students.
The Lesson Plans
The Lesson Plans are divided into three categories: Teaching Weeks Review Weeks Advanced Weeks
Daily plans include the following components: Fluency Building Word Work Guided Reading Writing
The Reading Teacher’s Plan Book provides you with 20 Teaching Week Lesson Plans which systematically teach short vowels, long vowels, and other vowel patterns. All students, whether struggling, grade-level, or advanced, need a solid foundation in the fundamentals of reading which is provided with these plans.
Review Weeks One key difference between advanced readers and struggling readers is the amount of time needed to master new concepts. Advanced readers often master new concepts right away and need minimal review throughout the year. Struggling readers, however, tend to need repeated exposure to new concepts. 15 Review Week Lesson Plans are included so you can provide extra practice and review of phonics concepts as needed.
The 10 Advanced Week Lesson Plans are designed to support the needs of your advanced readers. These lesson plans teach students how to decode longer words, and they emphasize comprehension to a greater degree. While struggling readers will alternate between Teaching Weeks and Review Weeks, advanced readers will move more quickly through the Teaching Weeks, with minimal Review Weeks, and will have more time spent in Advanced Week lessons.
Resource Materials Blackline masters for all the word work and writing activities are provided in The Reading Teacher's Plan Book. Follow the "Sample Lesson Plans" link to see sample Teaching Week, Review Week, and Advanced Week plans and corresponding activities. Color copies of select activities andpicture charts may be downloaded for free from this website.
Considerations for Struggling Readers Struggling readers are ready to begin these lessons when they have become proficient in beginning phonemic awareness skills, letter identification, the ability to track print in Guided Reading Level A books, and knowledge of basic sight words. Struggling first graders who receive two to three weeks of small-group instruction emphasizing these skills are usually ready to transition to The Reading Teacher’s Plan Book lesson plans.
Planning Your Year
Consider the needs of your students as you plan your instruction. Students in a classroom are typically divided into four groups. Depending on the make-up of your classroom, Group 1 might be your below-level readers, Group 2 your slightly below-level readers, Group 3 your on-level readers, and Group 4 your above-level readers. These groups should be fluid, with students moving between groups throughout the year depending on their individual progress and needs.
The Reading Teacher’s Plan Book is designed to be a spiral curriculum, moving forward then stepping back. If students are going to be successful at the next level of reading, they need instruction in the reading tasks required at that new level (moving forward). However, until a skill becomes automatic, students tend to forget what they have previously learned. They need periodic, regular review throughout the year to help them solidify and automatize these skills (stepping back).