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What is the Guided Reading program?

Developed by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Guided Reading is a teaching approach designed to help individual readers build an effective system for processing a variety of increasingly challenging texts over time.

Guided Reading levels are leveled using letters. Below is a chart that shows the correlation between Guided Reading level and grade level, as well as other forms of leveling:

Level Correlation Chart

The guided reading teaching approach has been in practice for many years, however with the integration of the Common Core Standards it has recently become an integral part of classrooms. Similar to the Common Core Standards, the guided reading program addresses the specific goals of helping students ”actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens world views.“

The reading skills developed using the guided reading approach are the same as those stated in the Common Core Standards. The Standards focus on: reading literature and informational texts, foundational skills, writing, speaking and listening, language, and range, quality, and complexity. All of these focuses are also part of the guided reading approach.

Guided reading provides both fiction and nonfiction books, allows students to learn new words as well as sentence structures, asks that they respond to what they have read, read aloud and listen to others read.

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BMI has taken the hassle out of creating
Guided Reading Collections

We've combined all properly leveled books into appropriate sets.

If you are looking specifically for fiction or nonfiction guided reading leveled books, enjoy our fiction and nonfiction six packs. BMI’s fiction and nonfiction six packs include ten copies of six different titles of a specific guided reading level. We have levels A-Z for fiction as well as nonfiction texts.

If you need something larger, enjoy our guided reading leveled collections. Each collection comes complete with a variety of titles of a specific guided reading level (A-Z).

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