These cards contain application level comprehension questions for the advanced or gifted student. Once a student is a proficient reader, time with the teacher needs to revolve around building student thinking skills. The BOOKMARK THINKING CARDS provide guided thinking questions to use while reading and then discussing at the THINK TABLE as the teacher facilitates and guides student thinking.
When the story is introduced, the appropriate BOOKMARK THINKING CARDS are distributed. Students rapidly learn to be prepared to discuss their thinking when it is their turn in small groups with the teacher. The cards can also be used for partner discussion.
The THINK TABLE concept evolved while working with advanced/gifted students. By third grade, our school realized that we had some students who no longer needed day to day small group guided reading. They needed to be taught to THINK. By fifth grade, all students used these cards, but THINK TABLE involved teacher guidance in building “thinking” skills for the more struggling readers as well as any missing best practice reading skills. Guided reading in the traditional way was used as needed when we differentiated for all students.