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Observe and demonstrate a variety of reading comprehension strategies with a focus on asking who, what, where, when, why, and how. Primary learners will discuss how to create a story map, read a magazine article, a short story, and complete a story map for the short story The Bremen Town Musicians.
Elementary schoolers observe and apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies. They silently read a passage out of their science textbook, and discuss answering the who, what, where, when, and how of the text. In small groups they read a passage from "Rumpelstiltskin" and answer the five Ws and create a picture about the story.
This lesson focuses on the reading comprehension strategy of making predictions and obtaining information from pictures or captions. It also contains a great deal of vocabulary review. This particular lesson deals with Our Class Pet by Jack Hastings so it contains vocabulary, discussion prompts, and essential questions specific to this text. This is a complete, ready-to-use lesson for this text; however, the activities can be used with any text.
Providing learners with a solid armory of reading strategies is a good way to help them build better reading comprehension. The teacher will model how to use a questioning checklist to better understand what she is reading. Pupils will then practice this skill through independent reading and guided practice. A questioning checklist, "I Wonder" bookmark, and "I Wonder" statement sheet is included. These are great tools that can be applied to both fiction and non-fiction texts.
Although the article that launches this lesson is about the history of the Periodic Table, the objective is reading comprehension. Using the eight-page informational text, learners answer five comprehension questions and craft one essay. They utilize text features such as headings and graphics to more efficiently move through the questions, and mark the text as they read to note important facts. This is also a great way to teach vocabulary in context and text features. The reading is not difficult or long.
Students explore reading comprehension by exploring an early reading book with class. In this reading technique lesson, students read the book Look! I Can Read! and identify the methods the character in the story uses to learn how to read effectively. Students answer study questions about the character and settings in the book.
Explore storytelling by answering reading comprehension questions. First, second, and third graders read the book Sam, Bangs & Moonshine and identify the characters, themes, and plot. They define vocabulary terms from the story and answer study questions. Consider having them create some study questions of their own, too!
Students explore ancient Rome. In this guided reading comprehension and ancient history lesson, students activate prior knowledge about ancient Roman culture. Students identify ancient Roman construction technology and preview vocabulary, then read A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay independently. Students generate a list of technologies used by the Romans.
As scholars begin reading more difficult text, they need to acquire an arsenal of comprehension strategies. Here are few helpful ones to guide new readers through the informational text About Trees, which is linked here for printing. This text is an excellent resource to investigate text features, and you conduct a think-aloud as you read through particularly confusing parts. It's important here to explain your thinking; what don't you understand? What are your techniques? They focus on context clues and rereading as "fix-up strategies" and record the various times they apply these techniques on a graphic organizer.