Comprehension Linky and Giveaway

 
How do you teach comprehension strategies?  What materials do you enjoy using?  Do you have teaching methods that you find work well?  This comprehension strategy linky is intended to provide options to teachers.  If you have special things you do and want to write a blog post about them, I'd love for you to connect up with me for my followers and yours to read up on them in order to add to their teaching repertoire.  

In my classroom, I love using anchor charts to model thinking about reading.  We make charts together, and sometimes I use electronic charts I have made on my Smartboard or in a hard copy for students to mark with selective highlighting.  We use close reading to star, frame, underline, and question with the chart first and practice with short passages and guided reading books (with sticky notes for books we can't write in).  I have found these teaching strategies very helpful to my students.  As we work through the materials, I am able to use the Think Aloud process to help them see how readers think.  Ongoing practice with this happens with mentor texts as well. Through discussions as materials are shared, students are able to explain their thinking and clarify things that are confusing.

In conjunction with anchor charts, I enjoy using graphic organizers and foldables to encourage writing about reading.  We use them for notetaking and strategy work.  My students are creating an interactive notebook this year which I know will be very helpful as the year progresses since we'll be able to refer to prior learning all year long.

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  1. I use our reading series to teach comprehension strategies to the children since we are supposed to follow that program. I also supplement with specific units I have found related to stories that I like to read to my class. We will also play a scavenger hunt game when we read to help with comprehension and I will tell children what they need to find.

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    1. So glad you joined in. I love the scavenger hunt idea. Gives purpose for reading and helps with skimming and scannimg.

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  2. I use the reading series, daily reading practice stories, FCCR resources, and several other supplemental materials to teach reading skills.

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    1. Isn't the Florida Center for Reading Research great. I found great leveled passages there for progress monitoring..

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  3. I use Daily 5 and Cafe to do mini-lessons. Then when I work with small groups or individual students, I go over the strategies again. I also use the strategies discussed by the Sisters.

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    1. I love my CRAFT board. Nice for ensuring we get all based covered.

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  4. We use what is called Comprehension Toolkit to develop comprehension strategies. My students love using post it notes as they read to track their thoughts and questions.

    Stephanie B
    stephb_2001@hotmail.com

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  5. Same here. They love stickies.

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  6. Like Lori above, I am supposed to use our basal, but find I do a lot of supplementing. I post the different strategies as we use them and use almost everything we read (read aloud, poetry, etc) to practice the strategies.

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    1. Does your school system require 100% adherence to the basal or to the pacing guide? Ours has required adherence to the pacing guide, but encouraged us to vary how we present information. We're required to include whole group, small group guided reading, word study, writing, and grammar in our literacy block. Our block is only 2 hours plus a 30 minute intervention time, so it's very hard to get through all of the Harcourt components. I am using a lot of Harcourt, but I have supplemented with materials I've purchased on TPTs and with things i've made. Thanks for sharing. I love hearing how other systems run things.

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  7. We are using Reader's Workshop so the strategies are taught through read alouds and modeling. I also create anchor charts, post-its, and anything other way to get the children involved in the use of the strategy.
    Toni Nicholson
    chief9937@Yahoo.com

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    1. Definitely have a similar style. So glad you visited and joined in with my giveaway. Happy "planning" day! Yep, I am procastinating!

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  8. We use poetry and rhymes.

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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    1. Hmmm...I'm not sure these ideas with work well with poetry and rhymes, but I expect you already have materials for those. Good luck!

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