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Old 08-02-2012, 05:58 PM
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Have you checked on-line to see if the five texts you need are available on e-bay? Sometimes districts or individuals are trying to sell things like this. I can tell you have learned your lesson about numbering books and giving them to children with the same number.

When using a basal, not all students should be reading the same story at the same time. They should be reading stories at their guided reading level in small groups.

I would go through the basal and get a guided reading level for each story. Maybe this is already done for you in your teacher's edition.

I have not used a basal for twenty-five years, but I would bet most of the stories are taken from published a story by Tomie DePaola. Go to the Scholastic website. They have a tool called Book Wizard. This will help you get the guided reading level for each of the stories.

If you do not have levels on your independent reading classroom library, you will also want to get guided reading levels on these books. You can arrange the books in your classroom library by boxes with certain genres, authors, topics like sharks, dinosaurs, etc., and guided reading level for those books that do not fit into the other categories. I write the guided reading level inside the back cover of the book, and students have to check that it is their just right level before choosing it. That way, your students can make smart choices for their book boxes based on their reading level.

When you go to your school library for weekly check-out, have your students read a page aloud to you before checking-out a book. This way you will know if it is the just right book for them.

You could also use basal stories as text for reading mini-lessons you are teaching. If there is a story that is particularly good at predicting, you could read part of this story aloud to practice predicting with your students. After you model this reading strategy, students could use the basal story to practice the strategy with a partner.

Another thing you could do with basal stories is use them to build fluency. Students could use them for repeated readings with a partner.

Basal stories, at the right guided reading level, could also be used for partner reading.

Do you have multiple copies of trade books? If so, you can use these for your guided reading groups. You probably need about six copies of six titles for each of your guided reading levels, or maybe your school has a book room where you can borrow these books.

If you plan to begin making a collection of trade books, be sure your students place book orders each month. Then you can use your book order points to begin your collection of trade books.
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