Thursday, September 15, 2016
7 Mini Lessons for Meaning Errors
Be a Reading Detective). Once you have analyzed the running record, then what? You have to use that analysis to make lessons for your students.
For a quick review, students who make meaning errors are not using meaning to help guide their reading. Meaning errors are only looking at the illustrations, story meaning, the text, or their prior knowledge. Unfortunately, these errors turn into a comprehension breakdown.
Here are some ideas for students who are making meaning errors.
Students are using the pictures, so let's make the most of this strategy. Helping students use the picture to focus what they see, can help them make decisions about the story. When there is a picture that could be many words (like forest and woods, in the picture above). Help students look at the picture and name all the things it could be called, making it easier for them to recall the words when they are reading. Also, show them pictures and ask them nonsense questions. "Will I read about a lion at a swimming pool? Will I read about a monkey in the arctic?
Knowing the beginning, middle, and end of a story creates meaning. Using picture cards the students have to order can allow students to make sense of sequencing. Putting pictures out of order can require students to either know the correct order or be able to tell why they are not in the correct order. "We can't go to the brick house in the middle of the story, the fox won't be able to blow it down and if he moves on the stick house after that. That brother pig would be in danger."
Students can be have fun with the "What can it be?" game. The teacher can show a little bit of a picture and then give the students clues to figure it out. Using this game is a great way to help students use what they know to help make educated decisions about the topic.