She has some wonderful lessons that allow students to use the comprehension strategies in real life and really set the stage for using them while reading! Each strategy has an anchor lesson to start with that you can use it to create a really concrete experience for your students. It really makes the connection to reading so much easier for some kids. In addition to these anchor lessons, Tanny goes on to provide ideas for lessons using art, music and wordless book- all to get your students ready to use these comprehension strategies in reading! I start with collecting a strategic bag of trash from around my house a few days before I plan to do the lesson. You can see from my chart that I collected trash that I knew would help my students to hopefully infer that this family consisted of a mom, dad, and baby.
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I have nothing but great things to say about this resource. The book gives unique lesson starter ideas using tangible objects for each of the following comprehension strategies: Metacognition, Visualizing, Inferring, Questioning, Determining Importance, and Synthesizing.
The ideas mentioned help to make abstract ideas concrete. As I read it, I felt the ideas were most appropriate for 2nd through 4th but could most likely be applied to the upper or lower grades. They are free to download here. Metacognition: -The Reading Salad- 3 bowls: 1 large labeled: salad , 1 small labeled: text , 1 small labeled: thinking.
As the teacher reads, volunteer students place colored pieces of salad in to the appropriate bowl green paper for thinking, red for text. Teacher models her thinking while she reads an unfamiliar text. Our brain is the lint roller. It is ready to stick to whatever it comes in contact with. Class helps to list out everything that reminds them of Disney this is easy for most of class. Do the same for Immokalee.
Most kids may not be able to contribute. Teacher models that she has schema for Immokalee from visiting parents in small Florida town. Determine with class what they can learn about family from their garbage. Have kids determine what must be the object or service being sold based on ad clues.
Do not tell kids much more than that this object is very special to you. List as many questions as the class can generate about the object while passing around the circle. Each day share a bit more about your rock story prompting more and deeper questions from class. List their thinking as they determine importance. When we use a viewfinder, objects become clearer, colors more vivid. Use to introduce visualization.
Have kids describe visualizations that the smells bring about. Students write or draw while listening to unique music. How can they represent our thinking? Share this:.
On the first day of school I share with my students my favorite word, "metacognition". I tell them "metacognition" is the most important word that they will learn all year long, but I am not going to tell them what it means until I am ready. This gets them excited and eager to find out its meaning! We count the letters in the word, we clap the syllables, and we trying segmenting the word.
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