Improving students' reading comprehension is one of the more difficult tasks for teachers because it is usually related to how much or how often a student reads. We cannot "make" them read more all of the time, but we can improve what their brain is doing WHILE they read. We can show them how to read with purpose.
Metacognition is one of the older ideas about reading and is the act of "thinking about your thinking". While a good reader reads, he/she thinks about what they are reading and their mind wanders through many different ideas. Sometimes so many ideas that they even have to reread a segment of their book because they "got off track". Our brains should be thinking about what we are reading; however, a lot of children read the sentence and it seems to "go in one ear and out the other". This pack will help focus your students and teach them a new skill in a FUN WAY.
Included in this pack:
-posters to display that contain the different strategies for using metacognition
-a powerpoint to guide you and your students through this skill. You will not need to really do any prep for this powerpoint.
-an activity to use as a center or whole group that allow your students to practice this skill
-papers to use when you practice this skill with reading passages or novels of your choice in your class - so you can continue using this skill after this lesson is finished
-a sheet for your kids to use to help them spark their thinking while they are reading (guided sentence starters to get them discussing/thinking)