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Reading Strategies for Week of August 15th

Third Grade and Fourth Grade

Students are learning to make predictions while reading about what will happen in the story.  Each prediction is supported with text from the story.  Parents as you read with your children, please have them tell you what they think will happen next.

Fifth Grade

Students are learning how to use context clues to clarify the meaning of an unfamiliar word in text.  Parents as you read with your children help them to use sentences from the story to help your children understand vocabulary in their books.

Summer Reading Activities

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!  As you relax this summer, include reading a good book.  Write about your summer activities.  Below are some websites that include many summer activities for students to try.  Make your summer an adventure of a life time.


BGE Celebrates Math and Reading Night at Food Lion

        Math and Reading Night at Food Lion in Bowling Green, VA was a great success with a team effort from the classroom teachers, the Title 1 team, and the Food Lion staff. Students were able to practice reading and math skills in a real life environment. The Bowling Green Elementary children had the opportunity to work alongside their parents in a relaxed atmosphere.  The children and parents both made connections between real life skills and skills taught in school.  Each child answered questions and received a gift packet from Food Lion.  Parents were able to win a $25.00 gift cards in a raffle provided by Food Lion.  This is a great example of how when we all work together as a team (schools and the community), the students win.

Reading Strategy for the Week


Why do we Infer?

  • Authors describe:   characters’ feelings, events, setting. . . we have to infer to understand
  • To draw conclusions, make predictions, and reflect on our reading
  • To determine the meanings of unknown words

When do we Infer?

  • Before, during, and after reading
  • In life, we infer with our 5 senses ~ What is making that noise?  What is cooking?  How is that person feeling?  What is this sharp object?  What does a cake with candles on it mean?
  • When the author doesn’t answer my questions, I must infer by saying:  Maybe. . ., I think. . ., It could be. . ., It’s because. . ., Perhaps. . ., It means that. . ., I’m guessing. . .

How do we Infer?

  • Look at the picture
  • Think about the characters’ behavior
  • Ask questions as you read.  Some of our questions are answered in the text, others are not and must be inferred.
  • We use our prior knowledge + text clues to draw conclusions

What do we Infer?

  • Meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Setting
  • Explanation for events
  • What the character is feeling
  • What pronouns refer to
  • Author’s message
  • Answers to our questions when they are not directly stated

Fun Inferring Practice!  Read these sentences, and have a discussion about the character and setting.  Next, draw conclusions, and make predictions!

  • Sue blew out the candles and got presents.
  • Mary plays her flute for two hours every day.
  • The boat drifted in the middle of the lake.
  • John ran into the street without looking.
  • Meg was the star pitcher, but she had a broken finger.
  • We bought tickets and some popcorn.
  • I forgot to set my alarm clock last night.
  • When I woke up, there were branches and leaves all over the yard.
  • Yesterday we cleaned out our desks and took everything home.
  • Everyone stopped when the referee blew the whistle.


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


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 http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-not-norman-online.