This guided reading lesson was taken with 2nd grade students working instructionally in level L and reading independently in Level K.
When introducing a brand new series, I try to give students as much background knowledge on the characters they'll encounter. I also try to show students what 'real' readers do when they pick up a book by checking to see if there's a blurb in the back that tells me a little bit of the story.
As students are reading, I checked in with them individually to ask, "What's happening so far..." to monitor their comprehension (since that was the focus with this group).
My teaching at the end of the lesson was one way that readers can use post-it's is to track the characters in their book because we want to make sure we know who the characters are. The Continuum of Literacy Learning by Fountas and Pinnell is a great resource to learn about the new characteristics within the different levels and to familiarize yourself with the levels your students are tackling.
This video also shows what the other students "could" be doing when you're working with a guided reading group. This school has enough books to support students in a reading workshop model where students are reading a variety of books at their independent level. IF your school does not have access to enough books, many other teachers use literacy centers, independent workshop time, or universal access time as a way where the teacher can work with one or two groups depending on the stamina of his/her class.