Book Bands for Guided Reading

Book Bands for Guided Reading : A Handbook to Support Foundation and Key Stage 1 Teachers

By (author) Shirley Bickler , By (author) Suzanne Baker , By (author) Sue Bodman

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Book Bands for Guided Reading is the authoritative publication in the UK enabling schools to create, audit and supplement a high quality library of sets of books for use with groups of Foundation and Key Stage 1 children. It provides a rationale for including titles from a range of different publishers in a common gradient of challenge, and relates this gradient to the progression in phonics outlined in Letters and Sounds (Primary National Strategy 2007). Important sections describe procedures for assessing children in order to create compatible groups; carrying out Guided Reading; and monitoring the progress of individuals. There are suggestions of ways in which school management can use this handbook to deepen professional skills and understanding, and investigate areas of weakness that may result in lack of progress in children's reading. New to this edition: a new section evaluates the main series of books designed for use in Foundation and Key Stage 1 Guided Reading currently on sale in the UK; eleven updated and expanded colour-banded listings give details of more than 3,500 suitable texts; new Pink A and Pink B lists offer added support to Foundation Stage teachers; new sections discuss non-fiction and which features make particular books worth a lesson.

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  • Spiral bound | 234 pages
  • 222 x 296 x 24mm | 798.32g
  • 01 Jan 2008
  • Institute of Education Press
  • Institute of Education Publications
  • London
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 12 black & white halftones
  • 0854737871
  • 9780854737871
  • 240,580

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Suzanne Baker has a background in primary education, and has worked closely with publishers and the Primary National Strategy to develop materials and guidance informed by theoretical understanding and practical experience of working with teachers and texts to help children learn to read. Shirley Bickler has a background in primary education, and has worked closely with publishers and the Primary National Strategy to develop materials and guidance informed by theoretical understanding and practical experience of working with teachers and texts to help children learn to read. Sue Bodman works at the Institute of Education, University of London as part of the national co-ordination team for Reading Recovery.

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Book Bands is an indispensable tool for everyone responsible for developing children's reading. It contains a wealth of information and guidance in a concise, user-friendly format. Book Bands is an invaluable guide that helps class teachers choose reading materials at each child's current level of text reading... A must for every school!Jill Canning, Project Development and Training Officer, Fischer Education Project.'Book Bands for Guided Reading helps me to locate reading material quickly at the right level for pupils. I would recommend it to all Key Stage 1 teachers. It is also an excellent tool for use in staff development sessions.'LEA School Support Officer

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