Here’s An Idea to Help Build Comprehension in What We Read…
It is important for both parents and teachers to help build a reading community! This will enable the students to become lifelong readers. Here are some recommendations to do with your child at home:
- Read with your child
- Help your child choose appropriate books
- Talk to your child about the books they are reading (very important). Ask inferential questions as well as who, what, where, when, and why questions.
Here are some questions that support the reading instruction that we are doing in school:
- Why did you choose this book?
- What do you think will happen next? What part of the text makes you thing that?
- Does this book remind you of anything that has ever happened to you?
- What have you been wondering as you read this?
- Does this book make you think of anything else you have read?
- Were there any words or phrases in your reading that you really like? Which ones?
- What has been your favorite part of the book so far? Why?
- Was there a part of the book that surprised you? Why?
- Would you like to read another book by the same author? Why or why not?
- Can you think of someone else you know who would like this book? Why?
- Is this book too challenging, a little too easy, or just right for you? How do you know?
- Were there any places in the book that had you confused? Did you reread to help you understand?
Below are some useful prompts to use when helping your child make connections:
- So, when I read…
- When I saw the picture of ___________________, it made me think about…
- When I read (or heard) the words_________________, it reminded me of…
“…Reading involves more than decoding words and that our goal for children is to make them think, to have them make predictions, create visual images, and to use inference to understand text.”
“…Learning to decode text does not necessarily prepare children to take the leap from books with one hundred words to books with a thousand.”
~Excerpts taken from the book Significant Studies for Second Grade by Karen Ruzzo and Mary Anne Sacco.
Ways to Use Post-Its and Flags
with First Grade Readers
First graders love to use materials they consider to be more for grown-ups, which is why they enjoy marking places in the books they read with Post-Its and colored sticky flags. Here are some of the ways teachers have found to use them:
- Where you have a question
- A part you would like to come back to and talk about
- A favorite line
- A part you could really see
- A lock: a place that makes the book hard for you
- A key: a place that makes the book easy
- Where it reminds you of another book
- Where it reminds you something in your life
- Where you could really feel the story
- A very important part
- A place that helps you predict
- A part that makes you wonder
- A special part with interesting language
- Vocabulary that you don’t understand
- A part you don’t like or believe
- A part that you thought was funny