How do you tackle teaching talking while reading?
I have found my students do NOT know how to talk while they read and think about their thinking! Teachers are expecting them to ask/answer questions before, during, and after reading. I decided to take my fun speech bubbles that I have laminated so I can use a dry erase marker. I used these speech bubbles to model for students what I say while I read.
For this activity, I used a story working on predicting from Read Works. Before we read, we looked at the title and the words bolded on the page. I wrote and displayed for my students what I would say in response to viewing those items on the page.
We continued and read the story. I personally love these comprehension stories from this website because it stopped throughout the story and asks predicting questions. This is great for showing students that you should stop and reflect while reading.
Once the story was completed, we looked at the comprehension questions, I used the speech bubbles to show the students what I think about and how I answer the questions using the text for evidence.
After I model how to talk before, during, and after reading, I let my students write their own speech bubbles. They love using dry erase markers!
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