Highlighting Tape in Guided Reading

May 17, 2014

I am not sure about you, but my guided reading lessons include many reminders like this:
"Look for parts you know"....."Look for chunks you know"....."Find small words inside of big words"....."Use your nonsense words to help"....."It's a know-by-heart word"

We demonstrate.
We model.
We practice.
We remind.
But some students just need more.  That's when I grab the highlighting tape.

I will use it right in the leveled reader that we are using.  Sometimes we use it to highlight small parts of the word.

Sometimes we look for high frequency words that we are working on.

Sometimes we highlight phonics chunks that we might be studying or that an individual student might be struggling to read.

I have even been known to use it to show phrases within the text.

It gives our students a model and provides them with a visual.  It is direct.  And it is motivating.  The trickiest part about it: remembering to take it out of the book.

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  1. Great idea-- i'm always looking for new ways to make finding all those special words more engaging- i'll be picking up some highlighting tape this summer! :)
    Thanks for the bright idea!
    Learning to the Core

    1. Thanks so much for reading!! I need to also pick up some tape this summer :) I go through a lot of it!

  2. That's a great idea! I've never thought of using my tape that way!
    Grade ONEderful

  3. I love using Highlighter tape! So many great ways to use it. Thank you for sharing!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. Great idea, we use "hilighter crayons" when we are doing reading comprehension pages. I like the idea of the tape to use in books. Great Idea!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. Do you give each kid a roll? Do they rip off how much they need? The OCD in me struggles with this although I know it is fabulous!


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