Sunday, August 19, 2012
Building Readers Through Interactive Reading Strategies
One of the most important activities you can do with your students is to teach them to become proficient readers.
Reading for pleasure is wonderful, but without guidance from the teacher in learning how to use reading strategies effectively, your students will not show significant gains in reading.
We have worked hard this summer to develop interactive reading strategies that can be used right away in your classroom with your students. Each PowerPoint that we have created will have students get involved in their learning. We involve the students by using the Think-Pair-Share strategy where we have them think about a question that relates to their lives, pair with a partner and then share their responses. This is a great way to involve every student right away in the lesson.
We also provide the students with definitions of key terms when needed, along with information to help fill their background knowledge on each topic.
There is also a teacher read aloud part where the teacher models the strategy being taught, with your choice (the teacher's) of book that you want to use, not one dictated by a curriculum!
Then each lesson ends with student assessment. We "put the strategy into practice" by having the students write about what they learned into a notebook. Having a reading notebook for each student will hold them accountable for what they learn during these lessons, and can be also an excellent resource to use at conferences with parents.
Make sure to click here for our Building Readers PowerPoints!