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So our school got a donation of supplies and there were two things on my wish list I REALLY REALLY wanted (besides desks): seat-back pouches and dry erase page protectors. I got 'em, whoooooo!!!!

They both come in four colors: blue, yellow, red and green. Not my choice of colors or quantity of colors but I figured it would be easy to use these colors to organize supplies for group work and super dumb to exclude one color because it doesn't fit my three-tier grouping plan.

So why not a fourth group? I found every year that my low group was always split between kids who kinda get it and kids that will most likely need to be referred, but that process is LONG at our school.

Has anybody done four reading groups? How did it work?


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I have made groups using these four

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medium high

medium low

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I always have 4 guided reading groups. They are still flexible and often change, however, I find that it is much easier to meet their needs.
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Table groups?
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I think I'd just use the chair pouches for table groups. I think using them for guided reading colors might mean they'd have to change around a lot. Also, some kids may not be as kind to them as others. It would be frustrating as a child to switch reading groups (even move up) and now have to trade chair pouches and use one that wasn't as nice as the one you left. Then you could put labels in the pockets (don't they usually have a pocket for this?) with a sticker to identify reading group. This would be way easier to move around.
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Just like mcj1281, I have always had 4-5 reading groups depending on my enrollment. This year I will have 29 kids, so that's five groups of 5 or 6 kids.

I agree with Lillybabe. I would not identify reading groups by their classroom color. Kids move up and down quite a bit during the year and the color change would likely throw some kids way off. Like it or not, kids will identify one color as the smart group and another as the dumb group, even if they don't say it out loud. Imagine the poor kid who moves to a needier reading group and his new color is displayed for all to see on the back of his chair. I would leave the colors for general organization not related to academic or behavioral performance.

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I had five different reading groups last year because I had such a diverse group of little readers..they always changed though...students moved in and out of groups constantly.
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In our district
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we administer DRAs and other tests. When we get the results we have to make groups of students who are within the same level or one above or below. So many years we have to have 6 groups and maybe meet one or two students individually. It is a lot of planning and a lot of work, but yes it can be done.
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Okay, so I get that using the colors for the reading groups was not my best idea. Grouping is always my weak point. But this is where I run into issues: there are 4 colors but 5 tables with 5 kids.
This is a stupid thing to worry about, isn't it? I always get hung up on some minor detail during class setup time.
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How about if one table is the "rainbow" group with different colors? You could attach/staple/sew a rainbow icon or sticker on each item. Just a thought.
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I JUST HAD THAT SAME IDEA!

Another thing: I've always stuck with mixing up reading levels in seating arrangements but that turns group time into musical chairs since my room is small and going to a center is not really an option (except for library and listening).
I was thinking about putting each center in a dishpan. They're working on the same skill (like blending) and some kids are working on higher level words than others.


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