We are learning how to make connections to what we are reading to help us gain understanding from reading. When we make connections, we relate new ideas in a text to what we already know. There are three kinds of connections; text to self, text to text, and text to world. In text to self, we relate ourselves to the text. In text to text, we relate something we have read to the text. In text to world, we relate something going on in the world to the text.
Please talk with your child about connections as you read with them. Share your connections with the text to model makng connections.
We are learning how inferring can help us understand what we read. When we infer, we combine what we read with what we already know to fill in the gaps. The students seem to struggle with this particular skill. Please share your inferences and ask students to name inferences they are making when you are reading together at home.
In class, we are learning how asking questions can help us understand what we read. When we ask questions, we use our curiosity to think about questions that come to mind as we read. Students need to think of FAT questions as they read. FAT questions are questions like: What if? How would the story be different if...? What do you think about...... (a specific part of the story)? Why do you think the author......? FAT questions are not questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no or just one word.