Saturday, July 30, 2016

Decoding Strategies: Skip and Reread

You can't just skip the word, you have to skip AND reread. Teaching this decoding strategy puts another tool in their toolbox!
Next, when students look at the picture. get their mouth ready, and try to sound and slide, but they still might have difficulties.  They next strategy we practice is Skip and Reread.

What if?

We've tried everything we know. Let's pretend the book is about a pond.  The picture contains lots of animals that live at the pond.  The picture isn't helping.  I also know lots of words that it could be:  frog, fish, fly.  I'm not having luck doing a sound and slide.  What else can I do?  Well, skip it.  Of course, there are rules when we skip it.  If you skip it, you have to go back and fix it.  

You can't just skip it!

I was having a meeting with a teacher after our mid-year benchmarking and one particular student had an unusually low score.  When I questioned the teacher she said, "Well, she just skipped the word, so I marked it as an error."  I was bewildered.  "Does she know her fix-it strategies?" "I have it on the table."  She hadn't specifically taught her how to "skip and reread."
You can't just skip the word, you have to skip AND reread. Teaching this decoding strategy puts another tool in their toolbox!

Leave out the Words

When I was meeting with this teacher, I picked up a guided reading book and read it to her leaving out every fourth word. After reading 2 or 3 pages, I stopped and asked if she could figure out what the story was about?  This is an easy way to demonstrate to your students the value of  the "skip and reread" strategy.

It's ok to skip!

Please don't misunderstand me:  it's ok to skip, but that can't be the whole strategy.  They whole strategy needs to be skip and reread.  Students need to know they can't just skip the word, they have to read until the end of the sentence, then go back and see if they can figure it out.  The card below shows an easy way to teach those early learners how to skip and reread.
You can't just skip the word, you have to skip AND reread. Teaching this decoding strategy puts another tool in their toolbox!

How to Practice "Skip and Reread"

Give each student a card.  Ask the students to read up until the blank, get their mouth ready and pause.  The student would read, "I see the f" and then stop.  Both of the pictures would work...so, look at the picture and get  your mouth ready don't work.  Then they are asked to read the entire card, "I see the f-- hop."  The answer is clear.  Then, they reread the sentence correctly.

You can't just skip the word, you have to skip AND reread. Teaching this decoding strategy puts another tool in their toolbox! It's That Easy

Put a card or two in their guided reading basket each day, so they can practice the skip and reread.
 Once this is a habit, add this icon to their Strategy Mat.

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