Very Powerful Ways to Improve Comprehension in primary students!
Copy these signposts on card stock and laminate.
Hang them in your classroom to use all year long.
These thinking stems and questions can be used in so many ways…
Here are a few:
Accountable Talk (circle, book read aloud)
Turn and Talk (partners, book read aloud)
Reading Partners – I Read, You Read, We Read
6 Kid Friendly Posters
1 Primary Reading Log
1 Journal Page with Signposts
Directions for Use
Example Read Aloud using
The Rainbow Fish with Signposts
Teacher will go over each Sign Post, discuss and model each one.
(The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister has a lot of the sign posts)
The signposts will be hanging so the students can see them. They will also have their own personal copy.
Teacher will solicit a set of rules from the students for this Book Club Activity. She will write them down on chart paper and have all of the students sign the poster. She will remind the students of the rules each time before they begin the activity. Some rules might include: be a good listener, don’t interrupt, sit knee to knee, toe to toe and eye to eye, look at the person talking, disagree respectfully, etc.
After she models and the students understand what they are listening for, the teacher will begin the Noticing and Noting Activity. Students will have: Sticky notes, reading journal, a pencil and a partner. If you don’t have sticky notes, just have student write in their journals. Partners should be within 2 or 3 reading levels of each other. The teacher will then read several pages of a children’s picture book. Students will be listening for the signposts as she reads. She will stop after every page and ask if there were any sigh posts. Note: some pages do not have sign posts.
As they find them, they will complete the thinking stem or answer the question on a sticky note or in their reader’s response journal (from the posters above). Students will be sitting with their reading partner to discuss their thinking before they write it down. As teacher asks, students will share with the group. The first time you do this, you might have the students say everything out loud before they write about it. It would also be great if they shared with their partner and had an agree/disagree/why session before writing.
Each day, the teacher will take time for students to share their thinking and praise the students that work hard.
Teacher will continue until the book is complete. (It can take a week or more if you use about 20 minutes per day.)