Guide work is a series of work to go with any subject matter. You might associate them in little "drawers" or tool box organizers. These drawers follow a developmentally appropriate sequence level, in that it gets increasingly difficult. I also recommend doing a spiral approach, to keep concepts fresh. For example, if you introduce "plurals" at the beginning to have 3-4 levels (or drawers) and then several other new concepts, and then at another time having "plurals II" for an increased level on a previously learned concept.
Why make your own?
I tend to make my own because I am very picky. Some things I have been impressed with and will order from other people, but some I just have to pass. I love Grammar work that I see for "Lower Elementary classrooms" but then I have to face it- most of my class cannot do that work. They are not on that advanced of a reading level, and I did not want to hold back my first year students from learning and engaging with the concept of nouns or verbs, so I just made my own drawers at their reading level.
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