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Comprehension strategies can be fun!  Adding in Thinking Marks helps reading comprehension activities become a lot more engaging, especially when students get to use sticky notes!  My students just love using Post It notes during guided reading.  Or anytime really!

Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks

I like to help students be more intentional with their comprehension as they read.  Using thinking marks anchor charts and bookmarks helps them to achieve this.  

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Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks

The thinking marks anchor charts are included in the My Reader's Notebook.  This interactive reader's notebook can be found here.

Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks

At first, students seem to use use the heart, or favorite part, of the story a lot.  But they soon move into using the other thinking marks.  I am always amazed when they use the ? or confusing part mark to get help on words or parts that they didn't understand.  It is powerful to have other students in the group help each other when someone has used this mark.


Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks

Nonfiction texts always seem to get a lot of surprising marks!  I guess we all like fun facts that we didn't already know!

Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks

A couple of my groups are so engaged when they are using the I agree because... or I disagree because...  They love to try to prove their points!

Reading Comprehension Strategies using free Thinking Marks bookmarks

If you are looking for ways to get students to use text based evidence thinking marks and the I agree/disagree posters are the way to do it in a fun way!  

Reading Comprehension Strategies using free Thinking Marks bookmarks

As soon as I ask students if anyone marked a surprising part or important part or any of the others, students immediately go to their book, open it and find that section.  That is exactly what I am wanting...students getting back into the text to prove their thinking!

Reading Comprehension Strategies using Thinking Marks







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