We get many emails asking us about our Teacher Reading Binder. Lots of people want to know the difference between some of the files included, what grade levels it works best with, and what their students can be doing while they're meeting with guided reading groups. Well, we've taken these questions and used them to make some changes to this file to better meet the needs of teachers while maintaining the key components of guided reading. Whether you've already purchased the Reading Binder or are thinking about it, the following Q and A will answer any questions you might have. As always, please feel free to email us with any questions! :)
Question: What updates did you make to the Teacher Reading Binder?
We took out the literature group and reader's workshop response portions of the binder because, although literature groups can be done while students are working with you in guided reading groups, we wanted to add things to that file and therefore wanted it to stand on it's own. We replaced these files with 124 new pages of reading goodness!
The updated Teacher Reading Binder now includes:
1. Guided Reading Binder 101- 12 pages
2. Guided Reading Guru!- 92 pages
3. Reading Binder Cover Pages- 15 pages
4. Comprehension Posters- 18 pages
5. Guided Reading Teacher/Student Venn Diagram- 21 pages
6. Intermediate Grades Comprehension Reading Activities- 18 pages
7. Primary Grades Comprehension Reading Activities- 17 pages
8. Guided Reading Groups Bulletin Board Display- 33 pages
9. Super Reader Craftitivity- 4 pages
10. Super Reader Cape Tracers- 4 pages
11. Super Reader Doctor Tracers- 9 pages
Question: What do I do if I already purchased the Teacher Reading Binder?
First, make sure you save the 2 literature group files and the reader's workshop reading response file. Next, log into your TPT account, go to My Purchases, find the Teacher Reading Binder file and redownload it to get the most updated version that includes the added goodies!!
Question: What is the difference between the Guided Reading Guru and the Teacher Reading Binder? Do I need to buy both files to make a complete binder?
No!! The Guided Reading Guru file is included in the Teacher Reading Binder.
Question: What do I do if I already purchased the Guided Reading Guru file and now I wish I bought the Teacher Reading Binder?
You can buy the Teacher Reading Binder Add On here for $12. It includes all of the files in the Teacher Reading Binder minus the Become a Guided Reading Guru file. Be sure to check out our post, Guided Reading Binder 101, to see how to put the entire binder together.
Question: What grade levels are appropriate for the Teacher Reading Binder?
While it always depends on the class and the teacher, we recommend the Teacher Reading Binder for teachers in grades first through fifth.
Question: Is there anything in the file that my class can do while I'm working with guided reading groups?
Yes, the updated version of the binder includes both primary and intermediate independent reading activities that can be used with any guided reading book.
Question: What if I use the Daily 5? Will this still help me?
Since the activities in the Teacher Reading Binder will help you organize your reading groups, keep anecdotal records on your students, set up bulletin board displays, and provides independent reading activities for your students we feel that it would easily fit into your Daily 5 block.
Question: Where do I go to purchase the Teacher Reading Binder?
You can purchase the file at our TPT store here.
Question: Can I just purchase the cover pages that are included in the Teacher Reading Binder?
Yes! You can purchase just the cover pages here.
Question: I was hoping to incorporate literature groups into my classroom. Can I still purchase the literature group portion that was taken out of the binder?
Yes, you can purchase our Lovin' Literature Group file here.
Question: I am having trouble opening the file I purchased. What can I do?
Since the Teacher Reading Binder is made up of 11 separate pdf files compressed into 1 zip file, make sure you have the newest version of WinZip (www.winzip.com/downwz.htm). When you click on Download after making your purchase, open the file, and extract all of the pdf's. Save them to your computer so you always have them.
Question: Can I see a preview of the new files included in the binder?
Sure! Here you go...
Question: Can you refresh my memory and show me some of the files that are still part of the reading binder?
LOTS of ideas for bulletin board displays for guided reading groups:
And cover pages for your guided reading binder: