Help with Reading in Science
In middle school, students transition from "learning to read, to reading to learn." We expect our students to be able to pull and use information from a variety of text resources, especially non-fiction. Research shows that good readers use 7 basic thinking strategies that I've listed below.
- Make connections between new and known information.
- Ask questions to clarify understanding.
- Draw inferences from text.
- Determine importance in text.
- Use fix-up strategies when meaning breaks down.
- Use imagery to visualize reading.
- Synthesize and extend their thinking.
(Taken from Cris Tovani, Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?)
In class, we practice strategies to help students become more "active" readers - doing more than just reading random words on a page. One strategy students have learned is reading and writing "Cornell notes." If you don't know what Cornell notes are, use the link below.
Readwritethink.org is a great resource for many writing and reading activities, and even has an interactive notetaker!
If students are struggling with text, please encourage them to reread (a fix-up strategy!) and to discuss the text with you! Also, reading aloud together is a great way to help students who are struggling find more meaning from the text! As always, my room is always open for extra help to discuss ideas AND to practice reading strategies.