Reading Toolbox. This year you will receive your own reading toolbox!. Each month you will receive a new tool. We will be completing activities at school using the strategies from each tool. The tools will have helpful hints to work on a specific reading strategies at home.
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Your child will be bringing home a reading “toolbox” this year. One tool will be added to the toolbox at a time. Each tool will represent a reading strategy. The first tool is the flashlight. The flashlight is used for predicting (looking ahead). Your child should use the flashlight four times this month at home and share their predictions with an adult. Each time the tool is used have your child put an F (for flashlight) onto the September Reading Minutes chart on the correct date. By the end of third grade your child will have a toolbox full of tools and a collection of strategies to help them to be successful readers.
The tool for the month of October is a pair of safety goggles. The safety goggles are used for visualizing or creating a clear picture. Your child should use the goggles four times this month at home and discuss what is happening in the story with an adult. Visualization encompasses all senses not just what they are seeing but what the story might be helping them to feel, smell, hear or even taste. Each time the tool is used have your child put a G (for goggles) onto the October Reading Minutes chart on the correct date. Occasional use of the flashlight from last month can continue to promote good predicting!
The tool for the month of November is a tape measure. The tape measure is used to make the reader more accountable for what they are reading. This is something all good readers do! This month your child should be concentrating on becoming aware of times that they needed to measure their comprehension (use the tape measure) while reading. They should discuss this with you at home. Each time the tool is used and discussed, have your child put a TM (for tape measure) onto the November Reading Minutes chart on the correct date.
Occasional use of the flashlight and the goggles from previous months can continue to promote good reading comprehension!
Some things they might be doing while monitoring their comprehension
The crowbar is used when the students “pull out”
past experiences and use them to make connections
to what they are currently reading. Your child should refer to the crowbar each time they make a connection. Have your child put a C (for crowbar) onto the December Reading Minutes chart on the correct date. Occasional use of the flashlight, goggles and the tape measure will continue to promote good reading comprehension!
The tool for the month of December is a crowbar.
Non Fiction Text
Table of Contents
Types of Print
The tool for the month of January is a blueprint. The
blueprint is used to survey (or look over) the text before
reading. Your child should use the blueprint each time
they begin a new book. This helps them to activate prior knowledge and help them to make predictions about what they will be reading. Have your child put a B (for blueprint) onto the January Reading Minutes chart on the correct date each time they start a new book and use the blueprint. Occasional use of the flashlight, goggles, tape measure or crowbar will continue to promote good reading comprehension!
The QAR Reading Model tells us that there are four types of questions.
The tools for the month of February are screwdrivers. The screwdrivers are used for questioning. There are four screwdrivers, one for each for type of question. Your child should try to use each screwdriver at least once this month. Use these in the most convenient way for your family. Your child might develop questions and share their responses with you. You may develop one of each type of question and have your child answer it. If you are reading along with your child, you may informally ask questions and have your child tell you which type of question you asked. Have your child put an s (for screwdriver) onto the February Reading Minutes chart. Occasional use of the flashlight, goggles, tape measure, crowbar or the blueprint will continue to promote good reading comprehension!
What is the main topic?
What are three facts about the main topic?
What is the main idea?
Who are the main characters?
What was the problem in the story?
Was the problem solved? How?
The tool for the month of March is the hammer. The hammer is used for summarizing or “putting it all together”. Summarizing can be done at the end of each reading session or at the end of a book. Each time the tool is used, have your child put an H (for hammer) onto the March Reading Minutes chart on the correct date. Occasional use of the flashlight, goggles, tape measure, crowbar or the blueprint will continue to promote good reading comprehension!