Self Monitoring Decoding and Reading Comprehension Strategies

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My students struggle with self-monitoring and I purchased this resource to help explicitly teach self-monitoring strategies. I like the variety of practice opportunities included. Thank you!
Great resource! Lots of work that gradually grows more difficult to help students' confidence and independence while reading.
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We can help our beginning readers grow into independent readers with strong reading comprehension by teaching them important self monitoring skills they can use while reading. These self monitoring skills are great decoding strategies and reading comprehension strategies that will help them become more fluent readers that easily comprehend what they are reading. As a teacher you know the benefit of increased reading fluency and comprehension, so why not add these self monitoring skills to your reading instruction? Self monitoring while reading is a strategic reading behavior that successful readers use to make sure that what they read looks right, sounds right and makes sense (MSV). However, teaching readers to independently self-monitor can be tricky. These self monitoring reading activities will introduce your students to the concept of self monitoring and then teach them about the three focal questions: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense? The provided practice areas will give students targeted practice for each of these self monitoring skills.

These decoding and reading comprehension strategies are great to teach the whole class, in small groups, or as part of RTI intervention. I also love teaching them to parents so they can help remind their children of these questions as they read at home. 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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Self Monitoring Decoding and Reading Comprehension Strategies includes:

  • Teaching Tips
  • Letter to Parents
  • Introduction to Self Monitoring lesson with teaching tools
  • Does it look right? lesson with teaching tools
  • Does it look right? practice activities
  • Does it sound right? lesson with teaching tools
  • Does it sound right? practice activities
  • Does it make sense? lesson with teaching tools
  • Does it make sense? practice activities
  • Self Monitoring Chart
  • Student Self Monitoring Trackers for use at school and home (3 options)

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!

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. It was designed for first and second-grade readers and has also been used successfully as an intervention for 3rd graders and struggling readers.

See What Other Teachers are Saying . . .

⭐ I cannot say enough about how valuable this resource is...I love that you included projectable posters to teach with and student practice. I love that I could use this to teach an important skill in a very short sentence(s), so they could get the idea with lots of practice before reading independently. My kids love saying, "On your own!" (We made up karate chop hand movements to do as we say it! ) Thanks for your blog and your shop!

⭐ This was well worth purchasing. I used the resources to support my explicit teaching of the self-monitoring strategy and found my students using the language spontaneously when talking about their own reading and writing. Thanks so much!

⭐ This resource was great for teaching self-monitoring skills. It saved a ton of time with the ready to use activities and aligned great with the language I always use. The students found it engaging. I liked that I could pick and choose different parts that would be appropriate for my students.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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