This has been such a productive summer for me! I just finished my third "teacher" book and I am so proud of myself! I feel like I am ready to tackle the up-coming school year!
One of the books that I read was Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor. She does a great job of showing the reader how to teach six specific comprehension skills: visualizing, determining importance, questioning, inferring, schema, and metacognition. What I loved the most about the book is that she included basic ways to teach each comprehension skill. She also used thinking stems for each skill. I created Hollywood themed thinking stems which you can download for FREE below.
This idea also came from Comprehension Connections. I simply used paint samples and attached the labels. Isn't this an EASY way to check students' understanding.?!?! Simply have them point to the level of THEIR understanding. You can do a quick check and either reteach or move on. Love it!