This post originally appeared on the blog The Friendly Teacher. 

I do small group reading each day. I also do individual reading conferences with each kid every week. That is a lot to get prepared for and planned out! My life saver when it comes to these reading groups is my “Reading Tool Box”! It makes my planning easier, it helps me naturally teach, and the students love when it is out!

 
Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it!

The reading tool box is a box that goes around the room with me and is full of FUN supplies that you can use while reading. The best part is you can take it anywhere in the classroom, you can just grab things quickly, and it is all in one place! I will share with you what is in my box, but you truly can put ANYTHING that works for you in your box!

Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it!
  
 
Post-it notes are a MUST! We love to write what we are thinking, meanings of words, or main idea and detail for each chapter!
 
Dry erase strips from Target make for great word chunking!
 
We use magnifying glasses for “close” reading! They love when I hand them the magnifying glass and say dig in! I love to do this when they miss a question or miss a topic that I really want them to understand. The magnifying glass is the superhero that makes 100% sure they get it!
 
Scented markers make for engaging highlighters during close reading!
  
 


We use Hope King’s reading comprehension strategies every day! All you do is print them off and put them on popsicle sticks. These make for great reminders on what strategies to use while reading!

 
Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it!

 

Question cubes make for a great way to end your reading groups and make your kiddos think about their reading! If you want to make it even more fun allow them to throw the cubes around the room and go find their question. They LOVE it! 
 
 
Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it!

We use the sunglass for visualization! When I want them to visualize I hand them the glass and read them the passage. They LOVE it! (I told them to spell visualizing in their best 3rd grade spelling, so let’s just not talk about who teaches them phonics LOL!) 

 
That is all I have for your today! I hope you go out and make an amazing reading tool box, my friends! It is LIFE CHANGING! Plus, if you want this cute label grab it here on Maria Gavin’s TpT!

Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it!


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Love small group reading? Check out the Reading Toolbox. It'll make your planning easier so you can get to teaching — and students love it! Hannah Friend is a passionate and innovative educator. She strives to make her classroom fun and engaging for the students each day. She challenges herself to make lessons that are easy for teachers to prep, engaging for student learners, and developmentally appropriate. You can find her lessons in her TpT Store, The Friendly Teacher. She is also the author of the blog, The Friendly Teacher. She loves to share and collaborate with teachers on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.