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 collecting things? Well in this activity, students are challenged to try to collect each strange and funny creature. 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 creatures and the strategy that each creature goes with. (Use as a poster to see what the sheet would look like if the students earned all of the tools.
2. Eight individual posters that has each creature, strategy and the strategy description to hang inside the room.
3. A large “GOTTA GET’EM ALL” trap to be printed double sided with the fix-up strategy sheet that does not have the creatures in the box.
4. A one-sheet printout of the strategies with the creatures missing next to the strategy. This is where the students glue the creature that goes with the strategy that they gave evidence of using. This sheet is printed double-sided with the cage “GOTTA GET’EM ALL” sheet.
5. Two sheets of creatures 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.