January 28, 2015

How to use Reading Responses to Help with Comprehension

I'm SO excited to finally blog about these new reading response sheets!! These have been a work in progress for a few weeks. This idea came about because I wanted my students to interact with their books more and show me that they could use some of the comprehension skills we've learned in class. I'm using these during small group, independent reading, and as book responses at the listening center. Here's a sneak peek of them in action!
Each of the interactive pages come in 2 versions of "flip flaps".  These pages work on sequencing, b/m/e, and story elements. The kid below is using the beginning/middle/end interactive notebook page to write about his story during independent reading. 
I worked with this student 1 on 1 to discuss the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". He understood the idea of sequencing, but isn't quite ready to write sentences yet. I told him he could illustrate what happened in the book and tell me about it when he was finished. Can you tell the letters are falling out of the bent tree...so cute!
 Here are a few more examples of what the interactive pages will look like. Having these fun response sheets available will make your students pay more attention to these skills during their story as well as after.
This girl is retelling "The Mitten" using the 5 finger rule. For Kindergarten, we stick to the 5 finger rule as characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end. When working with this student, she had the cutest light bulb moment. She was trying to stretch out the word mitten, and realized it was on the title of the book. She said "hey, I know where to find that word" and pointed to the title. It's so fun to watch those connections happen!
Graphics organizers are a great way for students to compare and contrast story elements. These really make students dig deeper into the books. These graphics organizers were done in small group, but I think they'll eventually be able to do them independently. This bundle includes graphic organizers for them to compare their books, compare books with a friend, compare characters, and compare settings.
The story starter pages in this bundle come with dotted lines and regular lines, depending on what your students need. In the past at my listening center, students would just write and draw about their favorite part. These responses get the students to think more about the book and find ways to connect to what they read. 
After this boy illustrated his favorite character, I told him he needed to tell me who it was and why he liked that character. Since this character doesn't have a name in the book, this boy decided to call him I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham. LOL!
Click here to grab this packet of over 20 pages of reading responses. Here's a sneak peek of the table of contents to see what's included. 

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