Reading Strategy for the Week

Make Connections

Why do we Make Connections?

  • Reading is thinking!  Good readers make connections that are text to self, text to text, and text to world
  • To better predict and understand text because of what you already know  ~ how the characters feel,  what may happen based on another text. . . .
  • T-S means more to me because it reminds me of my own life.  Everyone has different schema and different experiences which can be shared to help us understand more

When do we Make Connections?

  • Before, during, and after reading
  • Make connections when you’re figuring out unknown words!
  • When we are reminded of a similar event
  • T-S :   That reminds me of . . .   I remember when . . .  I have a connection . . .  An experience I have had like that . . .  I felt like that character when . . .  If I were that character I would . . . .
  • T-T:

Content ~ I’ve read another book on this topic

Genre~ this is a “mystery” (etc.) like. . .

Author ~ this author always. . .

Illustrator ~ I recognize these pictures by. . .

Setting ~ ___________ took place at this location

Characters ~ she/he reminds me of. . .

Illustrations ~ remind me of . . .

Plot ~ this story is like. . .

Structure ~ this story has a literary device (like a flashback) like. . .

Theme ~ this book had the same lesson as . . .

Language ~ the writer’s language reminds me of. . .

Tone ~ this book has the same feel as. . .

  •  T-W on nonfiction ~ open your mental files and make connections between what you know and the new information

How do we Make Connections?

  • Chart connections.  What connections helped to understand the story, which didn’t?
  • Venn diagrams
  • Connect to the theme or main idea of the text
  • Start with “It helps me understand . . .”  (Character feelings, setting, events)
  • Activate prior knowledge before, during, and after reading
  • On nonfiction (T-W) make a KWL chart.  Do T-W with newspaper articles, too!
  • Use a double entry journal ~ one side is for key event, idea, word, quote, or content.  The other is for connections.
  • Always ask yourself “How does this connection help me understand the text?”

Strategies by Judith Araujo.  Check out her blog for great information.

Reading Strategy for the Week


Why do we Predict?

  •  Gets our mind ready to read
  •  Gives us a purpose to read

When do we Predict?

  • Before and during reading

How do we Predict?

  • Think about title, look at cover and pictures
  • Think about the text structure
  • Use what you know
  • Ask questions ~ I wonder. . .,  Who is. . .,  Why is. . . .
  • Change your predictions as you read
  • Can be proven or not

Strategies by Judith Araujo.  Check out her blog for great information.


Reading Strategy for the Week


Why do we Monitor/Clarify?

  • To make sense of our reading

When do we Monitor/Clarify?

  • When the reading no longer makes sense
  • When we are stuck on a word’s meaning

How do we Monitor/Clarify?

  • Reread all around the word or area in question.  Make substitutions, use picture clues
  • Use your schema, what you already know
  • Study the structure
  • Predict, infer, make connections, ask questions, summarize

Strategies by Judith Araujo.  Check out her blog for great information.

October 23, 2015

PTA Costume Party- 6 PM to 8 PM

Come find Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss at the Book Walk.


Read for the Record

Each year, our school participates in a program called Read for the Record.  This year we will be reading a book called, Not Norman:  A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah A. Jones.  The book a a funny story about a child who finds a new friend in the least expected place.  Ask your child about this humorous tale.  If you would like to read the book with your child or have your child read the book to you, an online copy is available at




Back to School Night

It was a pleasure to see so many families during our Back to School Night on September 29th.  I still have many 4th and 5th grade Take-It/Make-It envelopes.  Please send me a message by your student if you would like some reading games to build vocabulary at home.

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome to a wonderful new school year with great possibilities.  We are going to sail and go on many adventures through reading this year.  Get ready to put on your life vest and prepare for the trip of your life.

The Spring Title 1 Program is April 28th beginning at 5:45.  Parents will have the opportunity to visit next year’s classroom to learn expectations of the 2015-2016 school year and then will see their students perform.

Spring Break

Students need to enjoy their spring break, but at the same time take time to read.  If the weather is nice, let your child read outside.

Here are a few terms Grades 3-5 need to know.  Have your students practice these terms.

Synonyms-two or more words that mean almost the same thing.  Ex. happy-glad       Antonyms-two or more words that are opposite in meaning.  Ex. question-answer  Homophones-two or more words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and do not mean the same thing.  Ex. there, they’re, their

Prefixes-a group of letters added to the beginning of the word to change its meaning.  Examples:  disagree     prewrite     reorganize                                                                     Suffixes-a group of letters added at the end of the word to change its meaning.                    Examples:   careless   careful   quickly   stronger

Fifth Graders need to know common roots such as:

phono=sound      port= carry    aqua=water    graph=to write      auto=self     bio=life      ex=out   tri=three   meter=measure    micro=small    sub=under    geo=earth