This year I started something fun in my classroom for my guided reading instruction that my students and I call Flexible Fridays!
All week my students work with their guided reading groups that are leveled. Of course I change the groups with student growth and tweak groupings to my students needs but often these groupings stay fairly consistent. For the most part this is a good thing, students learn to work together and are comfortable with their groups but change is a good thing too.
My reading specialist inspired me to try some flexible groups from time to time and because I need a schedule for everything :) I decided to pick a day of the week for my flexible groupings. Friday works best because students have been working on their guided reading books all week and are ready for some extra challenges come Friday.
So on Fridays the student groups are done by table groups instead of reading levels! I use my regular reading rotation powerpoint and changed it to a bright funky design (see pic above) and entered their table groups in instead of their regular groups. The first time I did this I was worried because in my little first grade classroom I have students reading from level 8 all the way to a level M.
It was great! Students read their books to each other and then helped each other complete the follow up assignment. I have been doing this each Friday ever since and some weeks they give each other spelling check ups, or practice their site words. They really look forward to working with a different group of students and love being able to share their guided reading books with each other!
These pictures some my awesome kiddos working together to find facts in their informational texts! I created a simple worksheet for them to record their fact and draw a detailed illustration to go along with the fact! Click the image to grab the Freebie from my TPT store!