These Reading Response Thinkmarks help to make your students reading comprehension and thinking more visible. Align with Common Core reading standards for grades 3-5.
30 thinkmarks are included in this pack and they can be used with any book, both fiction and non-fiction. The rubric/comment sheet should be printed on the back of each thinkmark.
Reasons to use thinkmarks:
- They require students to think more deeply about text and make them more accountable during their daily independent reading time.
- They will help you to assess your students reading comprehension skills by making their thinking visible.
- They can help you to guide students in improving their reading comprehension skills by giving you a tool for student feedback.
How to use thinkmarks:
- Each thinkmark is a mini-lesson in itself. Choose one and give a brief mini-lesson on the strategy represented on the thinkmark (i.e., questioning, predicting, using context clues, etc.). Then model how to use the thinkmark with a class read-aloud. Give students many opportunities to practice by giving them the same thinkmark several times. You could spend several days or an entire week on one thinkmark/strategy and then revisit it again later in the year to review. Students will realize that reading is thinking and they are accountable for checking for understanding as they read.
- Use thinkmarks with your guided reading groups and strategy groups.
- Have students use thinkmarks every day during their independent reading time. Collect the thinkmarks and use the rubric (printed on the back of each thinkmark) to give them feedback on their responses. Have students set regular goals (weekly or monthly) based upon the feedback you give them. The thinkmarks will also help you to form and plan for your guided reading and strategy groups.
- Thinkmarks are great springboards for book discussions. End each reader’s workshop session by having students get into partnerships and sharing their thinkmarks. Share a few students’ thinkmarks as closure to your lesson or to begin the next day’s lesson.
- If you use reading response journals, use thinkmarks as a springboard for a more in-depth response to a text. Have students glue their thinkmark into their journal and then elaborate on what they wrote.
- Have students evaluate their own responses, using the provided rubric and then write about why they scored themselves as they did and then set a goal for next time. You could provide a “response continuum” that gives more specific details about how to attain each score on the rubric. Then have students work in groups to place themselves on the continuum, giving rationale and having a discussion about why they placed themselves as they did.
- As you can see, there are many ways you can use Thinkmarks. I’m sure you will come up with many more ideas on your own!! I hope you enjoy using Thinkmarks with your students!!
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I have two similar "thinkmark" products that specifically address the CCSS standards for grade two and grade three literature.
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