...the types of things that I'd use with any and every group. Do these look familiar? I use pencil caddies to contain the items so that I can move the entire basket to my table, or I can easily just grab. Since each caddy has 3 compartments, it can organize quite a bit for me. I keep a tub of playdough, bag of dice, bag of counters, pencils, blank half-sheet 5 page booklets, reading strategy checklists.
I also use those cute boxes that you see in the Target dollar spot to hold our pointers. I keep a variety or pointers, magnifying glass sticks and carabiner flashlights to help keep things fresh. Sometimes offering students a choice makes a big difference.
I have one caddy designated just for our white boards (seen with purple backs). The three compartments hold the boards, markers and erasers (baby sock/washcloths from the Dollar Tree).
And this year I decided to maximize the space and use the handles of each caddy to hold my "Don't even think about interrrupting me" bracelet collection. This year I was able to add to it with some fantastic slap bracelets from Target and the Dollar Tree.
Nearby I keep a basket for each group that contains materials that are just for them, and holds materials that we use over multiple days... I'll include some links below to ideas I've used or adapted for my own class this year. Just a few of the tools I keep nearby for guided reading and pulling small groups during our reading/literacy centers.
More Guided Reading> Organizing a guided reading space
> Organizing a guided reading binder
> Small group reading story
> Using a ring instead of a bracelet
My favorite free small group materials: