Reading Strategies

Third and Fourth Grade

Students are still learning to use predictions as they read.  Here are some predicting question stems that will help as your child makes predictions at home.

1  I think this will be about _____ because . . .                                               2 I think _____ is going to happen next because…                                         3  I predict that . . . because . . .                                                                              4  _____ makes me think that _____ will happen.                                    5 I’m guessing this will be about __________ because . . .                      6  Since _____ happened, I think _____ will happen.                                7  My predictions were right/wrong because . . .

Fifth Grade

Students are still learning how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.  Here are some clues that will help students.

  • Look at the word parts.  Is there a helpful prefix, suffix, or root that might help determine the meaning?    His misbehavior caused him to lose recess. “Mis-” is a prefix meaning wrong.  He lost recess.  So misbehavior must mean a wrong behavior or action.
  • Look for a definition or meaning clue.  The marsh, or swamp, was a wet and muggy place.  The meaning is sometimes given beside the word.  So a marsh must be a swamp.
  • Look for an example or explanation clue.  The device, such as an iPod or phone, can be very expensive.  So a device must mean a gadget or something made for a particular purpose.
  • Look for a synonym clue.  The black clouds and loud thunder looked ominous and we felt threatened and ran quickly into the basement.  They felt threatened so ominous must mean threatening.
  • Look for an antonym clue.  She knew the cup wasn’t fragile when she felt its sturdy handle and thick sides.  The cup had a sturdy handle and it wasn’t fragile so fragile must mean the opposite of sturdy.  Fragile means easily broken or delicate.