Reading Comprehension:

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


Primary Transparency Lesson Plan for Kit

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.

Gr 1 & 2 Spot series Webbing~ Mice

Gr 1 & 2 Spot series Webbing ~ Squirrels

  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!

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?
Visualize: Visualizing ~