Teach Reading Strategies – All Students Need This!

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I always (always!) start my year off with teaching reading strategies.  This will help your students in everything they do throughout the rest of the year.  Not only does it work miracles for their reading, but they can use these strategies across all subjects.  Here is an overview on how to teach reading strategies:

Create Schema Connections:

Students need to be able to relate what they are reading to something they already know.  This helps them to better retain information, relate to stories, and expand their horizons overall. Here are just some ways to foster creating schema connections as a reading strategy:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Teacherific Fun)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Fabulous in Fourth).
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Confessions of A Teaching Junkie)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Classroom Freebies Too)
Combine art & writing!
Combine art & writing! (Taken from Lines Dots & Doodles)

 

Recommended books for schema lessons:

A story about cherished memories.
A story about cherished memories.  Students can think of their own memories, or relate to the ones listed in this story.
A story about a boy with a childhood dream and the commitment to achieve it! Students can think about something they want to achieve (or have achieved).
A story about a boy with a childhood dream and the commitment to achieve it! Students can think about something they want to achieve (or have achieved).

 

These two books are great for text to text connections:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!

Visualize (Create Mental Images):

Now, close your eyes and imagine a class filled with competent readers…it’s a pretty amazing sight, am I right?! Visualizing, or creating mental images, is such a great way to get your students feeling along with their reading.  It helps to create emotions, detailed images and overall comprehension.  Here are some ideas:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from A Year of Many Firsts)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Lesson Plan SOS)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Snippets By Sarah)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Frogs & Cupcakes)

Books to try:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from A Year of Many Firsts)

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Teaching With A Mountain View)
Wonderful short poems about very relatable experiences!
Wonderful short poems about very relatable experiences!
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
So many wonderful descriptions in this!
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
Words “wiggle” and “jiggle” in this one.

 

Inferring:

Some students can find inference difficult at first.  It takes practice to be able to pull out relevant evidence from a text in order to support an opinion or prediction.  So, the more practice and examples you give your students, the better they will be able to infer.  Give these ideas a try:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from ELA in the Middle)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
The process (Taken from Book Units Teacher)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Its Not Work If You Love It)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Life in First Grade)

 

Teach your students how to infer and draw conclusion about this video:

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Some books to try out:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
Such a powerful book.
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
Don’t know the words? No problem, just infer!
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
Too much fun!

 

Asking Questions:

Asking questions, isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Students need to be able to ask relevant questions, that go to further their comprehension.  It is meant to be used as a strategy to go beyond the text and extend their knowledge.  Here are some ideas to try:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from We Are Teachers)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from The Happy Teacher)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Life in Fifth Grade)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from The Inspired Apple)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
(Taken from Read With Me, ABC)

Some books to try:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
The book along with…
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
…some ideas. (Taken from Luckey Frog’s Lilypad)
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
The book along with…
Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!
…some ideas. (Taken from Reading Workshop)

 

Teach these strategies to your students, and develop super readers!

My post was inspired by the wonderful suggestions in this book by Debbie Miller:

Great lesson ideas on how to teach reading strategies. This will work miracles for your students!

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