Posted on 11/21/2010 by debrennersmith
Posted on 07/15/2009 by debrennersmith
Jeff writes about the strategy of the questioning circle on pages 124-129. He models this strategy with the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Jeff encourages teachers to use the gradual release model of I do, we do, you do. First, he posed the essential inquiry question related to his unit. Then he introduced the concept of learning the questioning circle. Jeff has kids discuss ME questions that are based on their experiences. You bring your prior knowledge to the reading. You bring you to the book. Book questions are next. World questions are third. Teacher models first. Then students work with the teacher and each other to generate questions, then they try alone or with one or two other partners. How about combing questions? For more specific examples of the questions see Wilhelm’s chart on page 128. He lists the questions that link to the book, Where the Wild Things Are and makes this example come alive!
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Posted on 06/29/2009 by debrennersmith
Posted on 04/02/2009 by debrennersmith
To ensure that kids understand genres, many teachers have a flip chart listing the characteristics. What ones are required by your state standards? Read a book during a read-aloud, then go over the characteristics of that genre. Do the students know the characteristics? Do the students recognize the genre off the shelf?
http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/ This link has posters similiar to this one.
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Posted on 02/21/2009 by debrennersmith
See you there! International Reading Association in Phoenix. Pat Cunningham and I will talk about how to do the Thinking Theme Strategy. We have movie footage of students. It is awesome!
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Posted on 01/21/2009 by debrennersmith
Posted on 10/14/2008 by debrennersmith
This was more advice I wrote down listening to Mike lecture about comprehension strategies.
Advice from Michael Pressley regarding First Grade:
If, over the course of a school year, you can get children to learn three or four of these strategies and be using them, a great year. I would start with prediction, then imagery, then connections, and finally, summarizing. Something the teacher should do with every read-aloud—and there should be lots of read-alouds in grade 1—is to model use of the strategies for the students. Think-aloud as you read a story, making predictions, talking about images that come to mind, formulating questions (and noting when the questions are answered in the text), seeking clarification if something is confusing, making connections, and summarizing.
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Posted on 07/31/2008 by debrennersmith
Decoding of Fix-It Strategies Beanies
Lips the Fish
Skippy the Frog
Spinner the Spider
Digger the Dog
Iggy the Inferring Iguana
Jabber the Reteller (Parrot)
Fix Up Bear
lesson using beanie babies
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