Reading Strategies

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First Grade: Students have worked hard to master letters and sounds this past week and many were able to “graduate” to beginning sight words. Having quick recognition of these words will help when reading first grade books. Next week, we will add two more strategies to our reading toolkit. Along with using picture clues (Eagle Eye) and the first sounds of words (Lips the Fish), we will learn how to use the rest of the sentence to help figure out a tricky word. This strategy is called “Skippy the Frog” and readers skip the word, read the rest of the sentence, and then try to use this additional information to figure out the word. We have discussed how a reader always checks his/her guess, to see if the letters and sounds match with the word. We will also practice stretching out the sounds of a word (Stretchy the Snake).

Sometimes, readers need to use multiple strategies to figure out tricky words, a very difficult skill for beginning readers. The old standby, Sounding Out, doesn’t always work! If your child gets stuck on a word, guide him/her to use a strategy that will be most helpful. If you can see that a great hint is in the picture, prompt them to use Eagle Eye. If they need to read the rest of the sentence to learn more information, prompt with Skippy the Frog. By giving these great hints, you can help your child become more comfortable using different strategies.

Second Grade: With second grade recently starting Reading Counts (RC), each student will choose a RC book at his/her reading level. After practicing this book several times and discussing it with me, students will take the RC quiz during our reading time. We will also discuss how good readers read all of the answers before choosing the best one, an effective test taking skill. Accuracy, reading words correctly, remains important and we are focusing on breaking longer words into smaller, readable parts, as well as making sure that their word choice matches the letters and sounds. Please encourage your child to use these strategies when reading to you, making sure that his/her reading speed is not too fast.

Most importantly, your child should be engaged in reading every night. You can read aloud to your child or offer support if your child reads a just right book to you.

Happy reading!