Are you in any way responsible for teaching children how to read? In Kindergarten and 1st grade, teaching students the mechanics of reading is a huge part of cracking the reading code (decoding). When teaching students to use fix-up strategies, we are also teaching them what to do when they hit the bumps in the road of reading. Reading is much like riding a bike, and the road is much like the text; there are tricky parts like pot-holes, puddles, trash, steep hills and curves. Helping students know how to navigate through these tricky parts of reading is teaching them how to use and apply the fix-up strategies at those tricky parts. This type of strategy teaching is more about the mechanics of reading and less about the comprehension of reading, meaning fix-up strategies are ways to help students figure out what the text is saying at the letter, word and sentence level, not what the text is about at the story level, although we all know that readers keep the plot and character’s actions at the forefront when reading, the focus of these 9 strategy lessons is on word-solving. Part of teaching is scaffolding, which means to give a lot of support in the beginning, but pulling it away as they begin to use it without suggestion or monitoring from you. Using and applying fix-up strategies are the first important steps to developing independent readers. Independence and agency in reading is truly the ultimate goal of teaching reading; we want students to be able to read (decode and comprehend) text when nobody is around.
In the past, I have used the Beanie Babies as fix-up strategy analogies, but I just didn't find that it worked for some students. The strategies on this card use real pictures that make sense, both for me when explaining the strategy use, and for students to understand what it is they should be thinking or asking when using the strategy.
This product includes:
*1 Strategy Card (6 strategy cues on the front and 3 strategy cues on the back) - in 3 different sizes, in color & B/W
*9 strategy mini-lessons
*9 strategy posters to use during each mini-lesson
The 9 fix-up strategies included are:
Strategy #1: look at the pictures
Strategy #2: get your lips ready
Strategy #3: s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out
Strategy #4: find the chunks
Strategy #5: read it again
Strategy #6: hop over tricky words
Strategy #7: does it look right?
Strategy #8: does it sound right?
Strategy #9: does it make sense?
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Reading Strategy Card & 9 Fix-Up Strategy Mini-lessons with 9 Strategy Posters. Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses at check-out.