We created Comprehension Skill Lessons to save daily prep time, but also to get our students talking, doing and moving and still hold them accountable to their learning.
This product can be used with any book or district adopted reading program. It also contains all of the comprehension skills taught in the Third Grade McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Program. The story titles are matched to each comprehension skill to help keep the teacher organized and prepared.
Our classrooms are lively and exciting during these lessons. We have great success teaching these lessons whole group, small group, or using them for RTI intervention. Students can also use them to practice reading comprehension during their independent reading practice.
Using chart paper and markers, we were creating anchor charts each morning before students arrived to school. Students would sit in a group as we taught the comprehension skills lesson. We had them pair share many times during the lesson but they were never moving, held accountable for discussing text, or recording information during the lesson. We took our simple “Discover It”, “Guide It”, “Try It” Anchor Chart lesson and created no prep, comprehension skill lessons that are ready to print and teach. Teachers no longer need to spend time creating anchor charts and students are now actively engaged and learning the comprehension skills.
The lessons are designed so teachers can communicate to students what they will learn, present the new skill, model the skill, check for understanding, guide their practice, and release students to practice on their own. We copy the "Try It" activity on 3 different colors of paper so students can easily mix and create a "Jigsaw Group" to share their learning.
Included in this product:
*Step by step teaching directions with pictures
*Anchor Charts include Active Learning Directions, Definitions with Graphic Organizers that teach the following skills:
-Author's Point of View
-Point of View
-Sequence (narrative and expository)
-Cause and Effect
-Compare and Contrast
-Problem and Solution(narrative and expository)
*Graphic Organizers for each skill to use during independent reading practice
*Student cover/name page for the option of printing, copying, and stapling all the lessons together at the beginning of the unit
*Picture directions on how to take your 8.5 x 11 anchor chart and print a large poster
*Printable to help learn key vocabulary words
There is a link to mentor texts and a link to free reading passages in case teachers need a text to use during the “I Do” (modeling) portion of the lesson and reading passages for the “We Do” and “You Do” portion of the lesson.