Strategy-based Comprehension Lesson Ideas:
Developed by Curriculum Support Teachers of S.D. #71
|Making Inferences:||Infer from Objects or Pictures ~ Oh, the stories our shoes tell!|
|Infer from body language and photos|
|Infer from Body Language and Photos 2|
|Infer from pictures: Twelve Terrible Things|
|Infer information from sentences|
|Inferring Meaning from Poems|
|Using Jane Yoen’s book Encounter to infer from text and pictures|
|Inferring Theme ~ Core Competencies and picture book kit|
|BCTELA workshop handouts: Explicitly teaching our students to make Inferences Oct. 2009|
|Determining Importance:||A Note Making Lesson Sequence ~ Explicit, Foundational Comprehension for Intermediate and Junior High students
The Spot Series, available at the LRC in kits, is organized so beautifully. Get students wondering where the main ideas might be, explicitly teach them how to make a main ideas web, then provide lots of additional practice with other books in this series.
|A Visual ~ Topic, Main Ideas & Details|
|How Can We Explicitly Teach Primary Students to Make Webs?
(For Grades 2 – 5 and beyond!)
|Early Primary Main ideas Web ~ Mostly Oral Language!|
|Don’t tell kids how important text features are. Get them to build their own!
Once students understand the TOPIC/MAIN IDEAS/DETAILS structure of nonfiction text, they are ready to do their own research! Examples below are from a grade3/4 class at Courtenay Elementary. Thank you Sarah Beynon-Brown!
|Making Connections:||Making Connections with velcro. How fun is that?
|Questioning:||Asking questions about an intriguing artifact|
|Higher Order Questions|
|Creating questions from song lyrics|
|Synthesizing:||What is Synthesing?|