Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Predicting Success with Reading Comprehension

Predicting is a reading comprehension strategy all students can master.
Welcome back to Week 3 of the Summer Blog Party.

I blogged about Predicting back in April 2014, but I think it's worth talking about again.  (Click here to see the original post.)  When students can use predicting effortlessly, their comprehension can increase.  Predicting allows students to put pieces of the puzzle in front of them.

Anchor Charts
Predicting is a reading comprehension strategy all students can master.

I'm a fanatic about the anchor charts.  I think allowing the children to participate in making the anchor chart gives them ownership.  That being said, our school has a specific anchor chart for all our reading comprehension strategies.  We HAVE to use the same clip art.  In the example below, the ready made anchor chart is used to make a student-made anchor chart.

Read Alouds
Predicting is a reading comprehension strategy all students can master.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using predicting in our Read Alouds.  As I've told you before, I always read Magic Tree House books as a read aloud in Kindergarten.  One chapter a day.  Each day, we review the vocabulary before we read.  After the chapter, students raise their hands to tell a SWBSA summary for the chapter.  Once students have completed their summaries, we read the chapter title for following day and students give me predictions.  They have to start with "I predict..." and they have to have a "because" in their prediction.  We have to know WHY you are predicting what you are.  It's fun when we read the chapter the next day and if a student made the correct prediction they are so excited.  This is such an easy way to let early readers experience predicting.

Small Group
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Let's not forget small group instruction.  In our small groups, we make predictions before our picture walk.  When using the book, Best of Friends from Reading A to Z, while looking at the cover students can predict what the cats might do in the story.  After reading, go back and check their predictions.  One student said, "The title says they are best of friends, but they don't look like it, so I predict they will be friends at the end of the story."  Yes, she was a kindergartner.

Introducing students to Using Predictions early can make a difference in their reading comprehension.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Cathy - I like the idea of creating student anchor charts that are based on ones created whole group (or in your case, the premade ones.) I think that's a great idea! I plan on having my students reflect on what they learned each time we create a chart together. Thanks for the idea! ~ Lisa

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    1. If they make it, it means something to them. I find when they make it and share it with each other in their own words, they can also share with others. Let me know how they do!

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