Quick Activities to Do When Reading Together in a Small Group

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The purpose of activities DURING reading is is monitor understand. You can do this in a variety of ways. These quick activities to do when reading together in a small group are perfect for helping students monitor their understanding while reading.

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Support My Statement

This is one of my FAVORITE quick activities to do when reading together in a small group because you can use it for so many different reading strategies. First, decide on a statement and share it with your students. As you read, it is their job to find sentences that support your statement.

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Character Maps

Character Maps are a great way to give students a purpose while reading. As they read, students will be searching for words, phrases, or sentences to describe a character or a specific characteristic.

Image of a Page Titled 30 Freaky Facts about Weather, a Pencil, and a 3-2-1 Chart for one of the quick activities to do when reading together in a small group.

3-2-1 Chart

This simple printable is easy for students to do! As they write:

  • 3 Things They Discovered
  • 2 Interesting Facts
  • 1 Question

For younger students, this can be done orally by assigning each student one part from the 3-2-1 chart to focus on.

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Stop & React

While reading, it is important to stop and react. The reasons for which you stop could be anything from stopping to make a prediction, re-reading, summarizing, or simply looking up or discussing the meaning of a word.

Depending on the text or the ability of my group, I might use a Post-It Note to plan when I’ll stop and what I’ll ask them.

Image of a student holding a marker in one hand and holding up three fingers with the other hand while reading Is Mold Bad? From the Primary Gal's Resource Room Reading Series

Think of Three

Think of three is something I use all. the. time. I love it because it can tie right into so many other reading strategies that we might be practicing.

As I read the passage, my students are looking for the three things. What they are looking for will vary depending on what strategy we are working on at that moment. They may be looking for details to support the main idea or sentences that tell how a character was feeling. As they find important sentences, they stick up a finger and then underline it in their book.

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  1. March 8, 2021 / 7:59 am

    Hello! Providing the best possible ways to develop a healthy mindset in child growth is very important these days. They tend to learn things that they see, hear and practically perform. And adding a reading habit, not only helps to learn but also useful in self-development. I like your concept. Thanks for this amazing blog!

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