"The ultimate goal of guided reading is to help children learn how to use independent
reading strategies successfully."
Fountas and SuPinnell, 1996
|Tell the child to look at the picture. You may tell the child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the case.|
|Tell the child to look for chunks in the word, such as -it in sit, -at in mat, or -and and -ing in standing.|
|Ask the child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter sound.|
|Ask the child if the word looks like another word she/he knows. ex. "Does bed look like red?"|
|Ask the child what might make sense.|
|Tell the child to go on and read to the end of the sentence. Often by reading the other words in context, the child can figure out the unknown word.|
|If the child says the wrong word
reading, ask questions like:
Does it make sense?
Does it sound right?
Does it look right?