Get students actively reading and utilizing comprehension strategies while integrating writing! My Thinking Boxes© make it easy. Just print and teach! This product uses the book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' by Olilver Jeffers. As you read aloud, you stop along the way asking students to apply different comprehension strategies in the boxes. Each box gives you the opportunity for some quick collaborative conversation to building thinking skills. Students are actively thinking, writing, sharing and building knowledge together the whole time! This is a research-based, brain friendly technique that is an engaging way to build students' ability to apply comprehension strategies while they are reading. I've written about in many of my professional books.
The product includes directions (with the questions to ask and the background to give students for each Thinking Box (I give you language to briefly explain/review each comprehension strategy and why it is important), the Thinking Boxes© printable for The Incredible Book Eating Boy (color & black and white), a completed student sample, Tips for using Thinking Boxes© to best effect, how Thinking Boxes© can be used to meet ELA standards,and a blank Thinking Boxes© template.
These Thinking Boxes© include the following comprehension skills:
3. Identifying Cause and Effect
4. Identifying the Resolution to the Problem & Analyzing this Resolution with an Opinion
I also did a Facebook Live broadcast about Expert Comprehension Instruction, using 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' and Thinking Boxes. Here is a link to that broadcast: Facebook Live on Expert Comprehension Instruction using Thinking Boxes with ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers’
There is also a Facebook Live broadcast here where I demonstrate using Thinking Boxes© with a different book. Facebook Live Thinking Boxes
Watch for other Thinking Boxes© products coming soon!
Currently, there are two other Thinking Boxes products in my TPT store: Thinking Boxes for Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
Thinking Boxes for “Blizzard” by John Rocco
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