These are graphic organizers that I created to use with my students while practicing the thinking strategy of activating schema. They were particularly helpful because students could use with a variety of genres (fiction and nonfiction) and range of difficulties. They are similar in style to the other file I am selling which is "inferring activities". Each page has detailed directions so that students can work through independently or in small guided groups, or as a whole class. I loved having these available because I could copy off a bunch and use them throughout the year to teach, reinforce, and review so easily. The file includes 4 activity pages:
1 - Find Someone Who - A class building schema activity that can easily be tailored to any concept or area of content. Students mill around to build schema and then use that schema to reflect and prepare themselves for further reading.
2 - One Minute Book Look - A structured "protocol" with space for reflection to help students work through preparing themselves to read any given text. Highly useful and an important skill to emphasize. Appropriate for fiction and nonfiction.
3 - My Connections Collection Chart - We have all used post it's for students to record their thinking. This graphic organizer encourages students to sort and analyze their connections and take their thinking to the next level. Also can be used as an easy prep tool to facilitate small group book discussions.
4 - This Text Reminds Me Of - This is a great organizer that encourages students to make connections to their independent reading. It pushes students to classify their thinking and to reflect on how the thinking strategy encourages their reading overall. I come back to this one all year long!
I pride myself on creating beautiful and efficient documents. I hope you find them as useful in your classrooms as I do in mine. Happy Teaching!