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January 22, 2016

Just Right Books

Can you believe that we are now in the middle of Kindergarten?! Crazy. The year always seems to go fast and slow at the same time.

This week I took running records on my students to see where their Guided Reading Level (GRL) is. Now, this is the first time I have every done this because we do not guided reading books at my school. So - I used the free trial for Learning A-Z. I printed off as many reading levels as my free subscription allowed and started there.

I have also placed an order on Scholastic using my points in order to get some GRL books. Now - don't get my wrong. My reading series came with readers for each story and are low, middle, high. We also have decodable readers that my kids can read independently based on the phonics skill of the week. BUT none of those have a GRL - so I am like flying in the dark!

I leveled them as best I could and will be sending a note home to the parents to let them know where their child is at. I also am encouraging them to purchase leveled readers through scholastic to encourage independent reading. I am loving how Scholastic has a little letter to the parent's in the Just Right Books catalog.

In February I am going to be sending home book bags and a read every day folder. It is a great TpT freebie to use in your classroom. Another great FREEBIE is this letter that explains what the levels mean. I would edit it because the intervention terminology, in my opinion, would panic parents. Actually, my students who are still AA, will not be getting a letter home that tells what reading level they are. I will simply generate one that explains how to help their child. 

So here are a few pictures of what I send home to parents for how to select leveled readers. Feel free to use them for your parents. I basically showed them step by step on how to find the guided reading levels and how to search for independent readers for their child. 

What level do you expect your students to be reading at by the end of K? I saw some expect level D. I would love any input!

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