Below are lists of some of the strategies that children commonly learn and practice when reading text at a particular level. The lists are not exhaustive, and children must learn to integrate all their strategies if they are to become proficient readers. Furthermore, children at the same level do not always have the same strategy needs. Instruction during reading conferences and small groups should be based on children’s observed strategy needs as they relate to the demands of the particular text.
Note: Before beginning guided reading, children should have established basic concepts of print (handling books, distinguishing letters and words, reading left to right, etc.) These are best taught through shared reading, shared writing, and interactive read aloud.