Are you having trouble with getting students to monitor their thinking while they read to look for confusions, hang-up, and misunderstandings? What student does not enjoy to collect things? Well in this activity, students are challenged to try to collect each tool. These fix-up tools can be used as an engaging way to reinforce a student’s use metacognitive skills around monitoring for meaning during their reading. As a student provides evidence of using a particular fix-up strategy, they receive that particular tool to place (glue) in their tool belt.
STRATEGIES THAT ARE FOCUSED ON:
• Sensory Images (Visualization)
• Read Around a Word
• Slowing Reading Down
• Reflecting and Writing
• Ask Questions
• Make Connections
• Understanding That You Are Stuck
• Rereading A Section Of Text
1. A one-sheet printout of all the tools and the strategy that each tool goes with. (Use as a poster to see what the sheet would look like fi the students earned all of the tools.
2. Eight individual posters that has each tool, strategy and the strategy description to hang inside the room.
3. A large “I CAN FIX IT” tool belt to be printed double sided with the fix-up strategy sheet that does not have the tools in the box.
4. A one-sheet printout of the strategies with the tools missing next to the strategy. This is where the students glue the tool that goes with the strategy that they gave evidence of using. This sheet is printed double-sided with the tool belt “I CAN FIX IT” sheet.
5. Two sheets of tools that are printed to make it easy to individually cut and place in a container for easy access to hand to students when they show a particular strategy.