I am currently working with children on not only having strong comprehension skills, but also making sure their fluency and word problem solving skills are strong and consistent. I decided to put a “kit” together. Students can use this as a reference while reading at home with a family member. Here is what my kit contains:
- reading marker-it’s a highlighted strip that children can put over a sentence and not get distracted by the other sentences.
- reading strategy bookmark- students can use it while reading when they approach a difficult word.
- retelling hand– students use their hand to retell a story by identifying the character, their actions, problem, and solution.
- story sequence sheet– students use linking words to talk about what happens first, then, next, after, and lastly.
- questioning– Students discuss stories by asking I wonder . . . why, how, when in relation to the story.
- main idea and details-students use a graphic organizer to talk about non-fiction stories.
Kids enjoy using tangible materials that help them become stronger readers.