Sunday, April 7, 2013

Guided Reading Freebie

Are you required to have students track their own progress and learning?  Set goals for themselves?  This is a newer thing in our school that they are requiring of everyone.  Our upper level teachers have kinda always done it through learning portfolios and graphing and what not.  But my challenge this year has been to figure out how to get my firsties to track their own learning and to understand how to set reasonable goals.  Seems like a very difficult task!!  Firsties are still learning that they have control over their learning and that they need to be responsible for it.  To have them responsible for tracking it is yet another difficult skill to teach them! is what I came up with.  This guided reading student goal setting chart has all of the levels A-Z listed.  I simply have students color in the space that they are starting on (at the beginning of first grade, most of my kids start around level C or D).  Then in my reading conferences with my students, we discuss where that student should be within the next month or two (we do it each advisory).  This becomes the student's goal.  The next advisory, they color where they are and see if they have met their goal. Then we set a new goal!  I have been using this all year and it seems to be working.  My students have an easy visual of where they are and they can see if they have met their goal. If they meet their goal, they get an award during that advisory's assembly!

You can grab it for free here!


  1. Hey Jessica! I am your newest follower :) I found your blog on TPT....and it is ADORABLE!!!

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    Mind Sparks

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for the freebie!

    When you get a chance, check out my TpT store..I have a Monkey Matching freebie that you might like for your lower 1st Graders. Gotta love monkeys! :)

    I am your newest follower and love your adorable blog!

    Beth :)

    A Kindergarten Life For Me

  3. I love this! I am your newest follower.

  4. That's a great idea for them to track their own progress. Thankfully that's not something that we are required to do yet in my district. We do have to have each kid set a goal and discuss with them how they are doing at meeting their goal - really a hard thing for Kindergartners :)

    Christina Mauro