The "higher" group is noisier, interrupt me during guided reading often, argue with each other during "centers" . . . I can barely get through my guided reading groups.
Time for a new plan!
I researched and found that many teachers use a Daily 5 format . . . I was not familiar with the term but am very familiar with the format of it. I decided this was what my "higher" group needed, challenging, structured, quiet activities. Tried it out this week and it was much better!
Here's what the choices were (I have a Daily 6):
Read to Self: Library books or books from the chair pockets (that are leveled).
Read to a Friend: Same books as above. Friends take turns reading each page in their books.
Pocket Chart with Pointers: Build sentences and reading with pointers.
Word Work: Sight word coloring sheet & play-doh sight words.
Write the Room: Recording sheet on clip boards. Students search the room for "school words" that are posted to write down.
Working on Writing: Making lists. Students use fun notepads to write on in the writing center.
I found some great resources! Here are the links:
Daily 5 Classroom Management System has pre-made and editable signs to post in the classroom. (free)
Write the Room Back to School is good for introducing Write the Room for the 1st time. ($1)
Sentence Building Set is great for the pocket chart. It comes with sight words as well as pictures by season. ($3.75)
Sight Word Coloring Sheet is what we used for Word Work to review the sight words we have learned in class. (free from us)