Term 1 Reading Strategies
Week 2: Activating prior knowledge
Week 3: Self-monitoring
Week 4: Predicting
Week 5: Questioning
Week 6: Making Connections
Week 7: Visualising
Week 8: Inferring
Week 9: Summarising
Literacy Rotations

Our literacy rotations do vary slightly each week. Some of the activities on regular rotation include:
  • Guided Reading - supported by teacher, integrating use of Sheena Cameron comprehension strategies (see below poster)
  • Blue Box - levelled comprehension activities
  • STARS - independent activity relating to each weeks focus
  • Reading Eggs - levelled reading and comprehension activities online
  • Spelling activities - relating to individual spelling list
  • Sentence building activities
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Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes 
of Reading Tonight?

Let's figure it out -- mathematically!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.  
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 5th grade if Student A and Student B maintain
these same reading habits,  Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance.

Some questions to ponder:

Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful  in school....and in life?
Turn off the TV for 20 minutes a night and's worth it!

The following information is from the No Child Left Behind Website.

Reading well is at the heart of all learning!

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