Leveled Reading
Including Guided Reading
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

Learners who spend most of their time reading at a level of success become better readers. Leveled reading, especially when guided by a knowledgeable instructor, allows students to tackle text that is just challenging enough but not so hard it frustrates them. Gradually, they move up. Their confidence grows and their skill improves and then everyone is HAPPY.

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Recommended Guided Reading Reading
Look for an extremely useful book related to understanding and implementing guided reading. Guided Reading by Fountas and Pinnell gives an explanation for guided reading as a sound instructional method. Links to purchase the book or find it at your local library are located at the bottom of the Resources page.

Instructional Materials Library Free Samples
Leveled reading leads to successful reading. And guided reading is the approach that allows learners to make their own discoveries and grow their confidence with appropriate support from an instructor. Poems are leveled A/B and up. They are not officially leveled by Fountas and Pinnell, but they are leveled carefully, using criteria such as word count, word difficulty, rhyme, repeated words, repeated patterns, text size, picture support, and more. You’ll find a regular version (T1) and a version specifically for practice (T2). You can download and use these pages from our FREE area of the Instructional Materials Library. Encourage students to place a sticker in each practice block or color in a square for each time they successfully read the poem and track each word accurately. After numerous successful readings of material at one level, learners are typically ready to move up to the next level.


Very simple reader’s theater scripts provide the same opportunity to read by level. Each script has a Detail page that shows an average difficulty level for that script; more precisely, each reading part is leveled so that readers at different levels can work together. In addition, those working at a lower level, e.g. level H readers, benefit from working with those reading at a higher level, e.g. level K, as they follow along when the more advanced readers practice their parts.

Guided reading, utilizing levels, is differentiation that makes sense. When using only one level or one-size-fits-all approaches to reading instruction, there will be learners who are bored with what they’re asked to do and other learners who have trouble keeping up. Even levels like on grade level, above grade level and below grade level don’t provide the amount of individual variation we see among learners in a single classroom. By choosing levels that are precisely tailored for each child, you help the learner advance more rapidly, more confidently and more enjoyably.

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Instructional Materials Library
This includes instantly available downloads of thousands of pages of leveled poem and reader’s theater scripts. Material is written with content standards in mind AND to support literacy growth across the life span for learners in a variety of settings and circumstances. The more leveled materials at your disposal, the easier it will be to engage learners with content that interests them and is plentiful enough that they get an adequate amount of practice to advance.

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HAPPY52 Tips
As a member, you receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in your e-mail to help keep teaching practices sharp and student skill sharper. Some of these tips may relate to guided reading.

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