Small Group Instruction Pt 1:  5 Minilessons to Set Up the Environment for Uninterrupted Small Group

Updated: Nov 4, 2021


Small Group Instruction Part 1:  Environment

If you are not meeting with small groups for reading, you should start tomorrow with the tools I am providing for you.

If you are meeting with small groups and it’s just not going the way you would like, keep reading for inspiration and help.


This 3 part series will provide tools to help get your small group instruction going.

​Picture this…

You’re sitting at your table with 5 sweet little readers surrounding you, just about to reveal the new guided reading book after you have built the anticipation.

Then, from behind, there is a tap on your shoulder. Personal space has been invaded!

You whip your head around quickly with eyes wide open to see a little friend standing there with an inquisitive look on her sweet little face. It’s alright! She’s new to the classroom! She doesn’t know!

The five sweet little readers sitting with you quickly begin to take over. She doesn’t understand the procedures of workshop in her new classroom. She doesn’t know that she is not supposed to interrupt a small group.

Another student is racing toward her to take over so that you can be on your way to your guided reading adventure.

Whew! That was a close one and you didn’t even have to say a word! Your students knew exactly what to do!

That’s the first step to successful, uninterrupted small group instruction! The freebie tools are coming!