Monday, March 9, 2015

Benchmark Literacy Small Groups

One of my absolute favorite parts of Benchmark Literacy is our leveled reading groups.

In BL each unit is broken down into 3 weeks.  The first two weeks there is leveled instruction for your small groups {I absolutely love these!} and the third week is Readers Theater.  I still run small groups during this week, it just looks different. {more on this later} I group my students based on their level using Fountas and Pinnell.  In the past, I have tried to run my small groups based on the student's reading level but never had all of the resources at my fingertips.  It is amazing to simply open the plastic bag and there are all the contents you need to teach!  I have started to take the comprehension card in each of the bags and type up the questions along with the graphic organizer and writing prompt.  You can find these over at my TPT store.  Need 2nd or 3rd grade comprehension worksheets? My friend has made grades 2nd and 3rd over in her store Primary Perfectionist Check them out! 

The follow pictures are the contents of the leveled books.  I wanted to share how I have formatted the comprehension questions.  I love the questions and love even more that students are able to respond in writing.

Each bag contains a teacher's guide, a comprehension card and six copies of the text.  


These are amazing especially because they guide our small group time and give me grades for comprehension & writing.  This is an area I will follow up with in the next couple posts. 

I would love to hear if you are currently using Benchmark Literacy, how you utilize small group time? What does this time block look like in your classroom?  

If this is a reading series your district is considering, what are your concerns, questions, etc.?  I would love to hear!

Up next, the good, the bad, and the ugly...
Hear it from teachers that have spent the year piloting Benchmark Literacy.

Have a great week!


  1. I would also love to hear reviews of this program. I think our district is going to choose it even without teacher approval.

  2. My school district purchased the Benchmark Literacy program which we are beginning to use next week. I find it easy to use, but I was wondering if you have a curriculum pacing guide that you have made or where I could find one. I will use the book but was wondering if there was a break down with the CCSS with all areas covered.


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