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Reading Comprehension

As we launch Reader's Workshop, students are learning strategies for choosing "just right" books using the I PICK acronym and the "Five Finger Rule."

In Reader's Workshop, we begin with a read aloud or mini lesson where we focus on a particular skill or strategy. In independent reading, students read in their "book nooks" around the room and apply  that skill or strategy while reading their "just right" book. Individual conferences take place at this time. Following independent reading, students work in Centers and meet with me in Guided Reading groups. Here, we are reading at the student's instructional level, monitoring fluency and comprehension.
Unit 1: Fables, Folktales, Myths
       Realism/ Fantasy
       Story Elements
       Author's Purpose
Unit 2: Economy
        Making Connections
        Asking Questions
Unit 3: Problem Solving
        Determining Importance
        Main Idea
Unit 4: Nature
        Making Inferences
Unit 5: Poetry
       Infer and Visualize
Unit 6: Fighting for Freedom
       Ask Questions
Mrs. Mack highly recommends this site (from the Morton, IL school district) that offers more than a dozen great reading comprehension games.

Click here for an interactive main idea game.

Here is another great site to practice identifying main idea.

Visit this site for practice drawing conclusions.
Practice identifying an author's purpose on this page.

Use this link for practice making inferences.