This resource is all about teaching students the thinking behind reading.
Did you know that when you are reading your brain is doing a lot of thinking? Not only does your brain need to use many skills to either sound out the words you are reading, or pull up the words that you have memorized, and then try to figure out the meaning of these words. Your brain also should be visualizing the story as you read. What this means is you should be seeing a movie in your head as you read. As you read you should be constantly making connections to the text. These connections can be text to self, text to text, or text to world. You should also be questioning what you read, and inferring what the author really means from the text. Some students will naturally figure out that they should be doing all of this thinking during reading, but others may need you to explain these strategies and practice with them.
These strategies can be practiced with any text. I like to practice as a class using picture books and also with reading groups. This product includes a variety of activity to help teach and practice all of these reading skills.
Table of Contents:
1. Reading is thinking explanation and introduction
2. Reading is thinking formative assessment stoplight checklist
3. Visualizing poster
4. Visualizing play dough mat (includes play dough mat and directions).
5. Visualizing graphic organiser
6. Retell the story using pictures
7. Draw a map from the story (includes: criteria sheet and graphic organizer).
8. Create a class mural (includes: ideas and directions).
9. Connecting poster
10. Connecting foldable
11. Connecting graphic organiser
12. Connecting with sticky notes (includes directions and a poster for each of the 3 types of connections).
13. Questioning poster
14. Samples of deeper level thinning questions
15. Deeper level thinking questions practice graphic organizer
16. Questioning pie (includes top and bottom pie spinner).
17. I wonder graphic organizer
18. Questioning pencils foldable
19. Questioning flower foldable
20. Questioning whole class activity (includes directions and a poster for each of the 5 w’s).
21. Inferring poster
22. Inference mystery bags (includes directions, 6 mystery bag clues, a mystery bag 23. observation/guess checklist).
24. Make your own inference bag activity
25. My favourite story character riddle.