Comprehension strategies can be fun! Adding in Thinking Marks helps reading comprehension activities become a lot more engaging, especially when students get to use sticky notes! My students just love using Post It notes during small group reading. Or anytime really!
I like to help students be more intentional with their comprehension as they read. Using thinking marks anchor charts and bookmarks helps them to achieve this.
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The thinking marks anchor charts are included in the My Reader’s Notebook. This interactive reader’s notebook can be found here.
At first, students seem to use use the heart, or favorite part, of the story a lot. But they soon move into using the other thinking marks. I am always amazed when they use the ? or confusing part mark to get help on words or parts that they didn’t understand. It is powerful to have other students in the group help each other when someone has used this mark.
Nonfiction texts always seem to get a lot of surprising marks! I guess we all like fun facts that we didn’t already know!
A couple of my groups are so engaged when they are using the I agree because… or I disagree because… They love to try to prove their points!
If you are looking for ways to get students to use text based evidence thinking marks and the I agree/disagree posters are the way to do it in a fun way!
As soon as I ask students if anyone marked a surprising part or important part or any of the others, students immediately go to their book, open it and find that section. That is exactly what I am wanting…students getting back into the text to prove their thinking!
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