1. Wondering Wall
After teaching word work, I like to do a quick check with my students to see if they can apply the phonics or phonemic awareness skills we have just been working on in class. Right before they walk out the door, I have them read the words on the Post It notes and jot down the word that does not belong with the group on another smaller Post It note. You may think this is an easy task, but for some of my struggling readers this can be a difficult task. You can use this in many different ways than just word families.
3. Which Strategy Did You Use?
Some strategies work better in some situations than others do. Eagle Eye (check the picture) will not work for the word “before”. But Chunky Monkey (break the word into parts) would be a great way to figure that word out.
What are some of your favorite activities to promote critical thinking in your classroom?