Workshop Wednesday: Reading Groups Organization - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Reading Groups Organization

Forgive me in this post, as I was a bad planner-aheader. (Yeah, I just made that a word.) :-P

Honestly, when I walked out of my classroom on Friday, today was not on my mind in any way other than, "SPRING BREEEEEEEEEAK!" So I did not know my topic yet that day... which means I did not take any pictures. So for today's topic... Reading Workshop: how do you stay organized with your guided reading groups? (you might discuss how you organize anecdotal notes, who is in the group, or even lesson plans) I will be telling you the kinds of things I do and trying to find some pictures out on the internet that give you an idea of what it looks like. :)

First up, my anecdotal notes. Sometimes, these occur during group, sometimes I take a day (or two) and spend time going around while they are independently reading and have a conference with them. I use these labels so whether I'm at my table or on the floor with them, I'm not having to carry my binder, flipping around through pages trying to find their page. I can take my notes and then just stick the label on their page later.

This was a Beth Newingham idea that I stole liked and borrowed. Don't you just love her?? Click here to download (and edit) her labels.

Keeping up with who is in my group is easy-peezy! Unfortunately, I can't find a picture online to show you... but I think you'll still get it! I use a file folder and mini sticky notes. Each child gets a sticky note with their name and current reading level. I line them up in columns based on how I want to pull them. Sometimes, they are grouped by reading level, but sometimes they are pulled based on strategies they need. Using this method, I can move the sticky notes around easily. If a child gets a new level, I can just change their sticky note without having to re-write or re-print a whole chart with everyone!

When I taught in the lower grades, I did a really good job keeping lesson plans for each group. Now that I'm in the older grades, I try to just use teachable moments as we read our chapter books because there are SO many things that can be covered and I feel comfortable doing it that way. I also like to use books I'm familiar with, that I've read with groups before, so I know what those teachable moments are! :)

Now it's your turn! Make sure to grab the button and link back to this post!! :o)

P.S. check out my techy tips if you haven't already and MAKE SURE you aren't a no-reply blogger! I love to reply to all of my comments by email so that you will see them, but I've noticed with a lot of my newer followers, I'm not able to reply to you! Honestly, replying by email is how I've made some of my closest BBBs because we can banter back and forth with each other! So it's not just about getting comment replies, it's about relationship building! :)


  1. LOve the label idea. Looks like an easier way to stay organized with all of your groups. Thanks

  2. I love Beth Newingham. Those labels look super effecient and handy. I agree with using books you are familiar with. There was a push in our district to let every student select their own book - but it is hard to assess their understanding of the book if I don't know the book! Thanks for hosting.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  3. I love the idea of the sticky notes so you can see the "big picture" but also modify quickly and easily. Do you have a regular rotation of strategy vs. leveled groups or does that change from week to week? I am always interested in learning about how others structure their reading instruction!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  4. I made the mistake of using my work email when setting up my blogger account. They have changed the settings to were I am now a no-blogger reply. :( Any ideas on how to change my account email? Anyone?

    I too don't have lesson plans for guided reading groups. I at least try to find teachable moments to the standard we are working on.


    1. I think it's the same place if you follow my techy tips, but put a different email... I think?

  5. Oh my goodness...why am I carrying around my binder during individual conferences? This makes SO much more sense! Labels!! Thank you so much for sharing and teaching me something new as always:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  6. I am a fellow bad planner-aheader (LOVE that word -- I'm going to have to steal that!)which is why I love ideas that make my job easier! Thanks so much for hosting!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. Oh you get to do chapter books.... WAH. I am doing some now actually with my high babes, but I miss the GOOD ones (not Horrible Harry and Junie B. Jones). Yes, I'm totally complaining until I remember that my kiddos have no attitude :) haha.

    I'm going to have to link up tomorrow because I want to take some pictures too!
    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

  8. I LOVE the label idea! I hadn't seen that on her site! I like that it is simple. The forms from CAFE are just too much for me. I've been meaning to create something but just haven't got around to it. Thanks for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  9. I am a big fan of Beth Newingham too! Is there anything post-it notes cannot do? I like how flexible they make your groups. Thanks for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

  10. Those labels really are a great idea. And I really hope you are enjoying your spring break! Wooo!


  11. Help Jivey! How do I change it so I'm not a no-reply blogger anymore?!?

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. Scroll to the top of my page, there's a tab called techy tips! :)

  12. We love the label idea. Maybe this we help us come up with solid plan for anecdotal records. Love the blog too and thanks for all your help!!


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