Color coding can be done with any printed material, but how do we handle material we can’t write in? The answer… colored post it flags. Give it a try with your next guided reading book.
Jenny’s tip for teachers:
Teach your students to question before, during and after reading. It helps them become thinkers. Asking questions before reading gives them a purpose for reading and gets them engaged. When they are looking for the answer, students read more intently. Asking questions during reading makes sure they are thinking about what they read, and asking questions after reading causes them to be reflective about the author’s choices and sometimes helps them draw a personal opinion about the text. Asking questions is a great place to start students’ thinking while reading!
Jenn has a few teaching tips to share:
Structure and routines are very important to remember during your intervention blocks! I know this sounds basic but when you only have students for 30-40 minutes at a time, it is so important to have structure for your students and set routines so you are not wasting precious time! If students are focused, then these strategies are put into practice.
Jessica’s tip for teaching inferences is…
When teaching students to make inferences, it takes a long time for the kids to really get it. So I like to practice the skill in a variety of ways, especially in practical, real life scenarios that don’t necessarily even involve reading. One way I did last year that the kids LOVED was to use commercials! I would just show one a day as a warm up to our reading lesson when I was really trying to kill the skill of making inferences. You can find a variety of commercials or clips on Youtube and just show a segment for discussion. [This post] on my blog gives more information on some I used with my kids.