Reading Activities for Self-Monitoring to Look Right Sound Right Make Sense

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1st - 2nd
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Self-monitoring while reading is a strategic reading behavior that successful readers use to make sure that what they say looks rights, sounds right and makes sense (MSV). However, teaching readers to independently self-monitor can be tricky. These reading activities are great during guided reading, RTI and large group! They show examples of the kinds of trouble readers need to tackle in order to continue growing their reading.

Self-monitoring reading is just not a reading strategy that all readers grasp right away, especially emergent and early readers! Some readers sound fluent and have little difficulty decoding, yet have trouble comprehending text. Other readers comprehend well, but have trouble making their reading sound right. Still others have trouble with decoding using visual cues. If this sounds like any of your readers, this pack is for you! It's also awesome for supporting and building Growth Mindset within reading and beyond!

This reading strategy unit includes reading activities with the three cueing systems (MSV) to help you introduce, reinforce and re-teach students (during large and small group instruction) to independently SELF-Monitor while they read during Reading Workshop, Independent Reading, or Read to Self. It works best with readers that already have voice-print-match, are attending to print to contain the message and have some sight words in place.

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Teaching Projectables

Printable Worksheets

Parent Communication

Students Trackers for use at school and home

This is a unit that can be used with any reading curriculum as a supplement in bits and parts or as its own stand-alone unit. Used as a stand-alone, this unit would last roughly 3-5 weeks, depending on how you implemented it based on the needs of your readers.

Note: The section for the Visual Cueing System ("Does it Look Right?") is an interpretation of the visual cueing system, more like "Does it Look All The Way Right?" because it works to get readers to look closely all the way through the word. I created it this way because of working with many readers who would substitute a visually similar word. The substitution often results in making the sentence not make sense and/or sound right. The purpose of this pack to is to bring attention to readers to build a stronger awareness to the kinds of mistakes readers can make and to be self-correcting when needed.

It was designed for first and second grade readers and has also been used successfully for intervention for 3rd graders. Check out the reviews and preview to learn more!

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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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