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(A tool for organizing important ideas)
1. Curriculum words for content area
2. Author study
3. Important words from read alouds
4. Research words
5. Vivid verbs, specific nouns, powerful adjectives
6. Theme study words, etc.
1. Read a section/paragraph
4. Identify key word/phrase from section read
5. Write down key word/phrase
6. Use key words to summarize entire passage
1. Look at the picture.
2. Go back & read the sentence again.
3. Does it make sense?
4. Use the first & last letters of the word.
c _ _ _ _ _ _ r
5. CHUNK IT! Look for parts of the word you know.
6. Skip it & go on.
7. Does it sound right?
Jot down two words that reflect your thinking about a story.
The words could be in the book or out of the book. (inferencing)
Walk around the room with an alpha box. Ask other students what
their two words are. Add them to your alpha box. Whole class or small
groups use alpha box to retell the story by touching the words.
Children discuss why they chose a certain word. The children could also
sort the words. Children can use the words to complete a 10 minute
Power Write about the story.
***The goal is not to get all boxes filled in.
1. AS YOU READ THE TEXT---
Tear off pieces of sticky notes to mark the VIPs
Very Important Points
2. Take turns sharing your VIPs with your partner
tell WHY you chose the VIP
4. Tell your partner/group what you remember
1. Gather in a circle.
2. First student holds the ball of yarn and tells one thing they
remember. Then they hold one end of the yarn or string and tosses the
ball across (not around) the circle.
3. The cycle continues until each student has had a turn to share
one thing they remember. When finished the yarn will look like a "web".
1. Teacher reads
2. Teacher stops
3. Students sketch quickly
4. Teacher reads 2nd time while students sketch
5. Students share sketches
1. Choose a partner
2. Agree to:
-read chorally (or)
-trade off by paragraphs (or)
-read silentlyAND have a stopping point
4. Partner will then ask you:
WHY did you say that?
5. Return to---
Literacy equation is like a fill in the blank, except it is dealing
with fiction. An example would be "Turn to your neighbor and fill in
the blank." This strategy is all about making connections and
Cinderella + a mean stepmother =
a spider + a water spout =
Jack + beanstalk =
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