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Reading Strategies for Elementary Students

These websites contain reading strategies to help elementary school students become good readers. Some websites simply list strategies and some include activities to help students learn. There are also links to eThemes Resources on inference, context clues, and main idea and supporting details.


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This article looks at comprehension and comprehension strategies such as: activating prior knowledge, answering and generating questions, making and verifying predictions, using mental imagery and visualization, monitoring comprehension, and recognizing story structure.
This set of video vignettes demonstrates reading comprehension and vocabulary strategies including: read-aloud; survey, question, read, recite, review; know, want, learn; think-pair-share; sticky notes; think-alouds; question-answer relationships; reciprocal teaching; anticipation guides; story face; two-column notes; selective underlining; and concept sorts.
This 11 page PDF looks at what good readers do before, during and after reading; and explores various reading strategies used by good readers.
Examine the strategies followed by good readers: predict/infer, phonics/decoding, monitor/clarify, question, evaluate, and summarize.
Find out how you can use context clues to help figure out what words mean. Includes exercises so you can practice this skill. This site will open as a four-page PDF file.
This three-page PDF file talks about using Visualization to help you with your reading.
A one-page pdf is a reading comprehension strategies.
This page has teaching resources, such as guidelines, checklists, and assessment tools, for teaching think-aloud strategies for improving reading comprehension. Note: This site includes ads.
These websites can help elementary students learn how to infer while reading. There are activities, graphic organizers, and short lessons on inference. Includes a link on inference for middle school students.
These sites focus on using contextual clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. The sites introduce different types of contextual clues and strategies on using the clues. Exercises, lesson plans, and a song are included. There are links to eThemes resources on Text Structures, Teaching Tips for Decoding Strategies, Synonyms and Antonyms, and Prefixes and Suffixes.
These sites focus on the reading comprehension skills of finding main ideas and supporting details. There are lesson plans, online quizzes, and printable worksheets for practicing reading comprehension skills. There are links to eThemes Resources on Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies, Reading Skills: Context Clues, Reading Skills: Sight Words, Reading Skills: Inference for Elementary School Students, and Reading Strategies for Elementary Students.

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