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I’ve wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies.  A list just seems too boring.  One thing I’ve learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable.  So I came up with this Good Reader Boy poster!
 
The poster connects like this:

Head: Think. Good readers monitor their own thinking while reading.

Eyes: Infer.  Good readers look for clues in their text or their own schema to draw conclusions, make predictions, and more.

Nose: Importance . Good readers sniff out important details and summarize key points.

Mouth: Questions.  Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading.

Heart: Visualize. Good readers love to make brain-movies when reading to fill in details missing from text.

Stomach: Schema.  Good readers are hungry to connect things in their text to what they already know.

Waist: Purpose. Good readers don’t waste time…they choose a purpose for reading and choose the best strategy.

Hands: Synthesize. Good readers can ‘put it all together’ to retell and summarize beyond the basic information.

Knees: Monitor Comprehension.  Good readers know they need to understand text. They know what to do if they don’t understand the text.

Feet: Text Structure.  Good readers have a firm understanding of the elements of a story and use it to help them understand the text.

Is the little fella a little…um…disproportionate? Yes, but I’m going with the “it adds character” excuse!  I can’t wait to share this with the students Monday!

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Comment by Leslie Raffelson on February 14, 2011 at 2:31pm

This is a great idea!

 

For those wanting to incorporate with students, how about taking the students picture and letting them draw using word, onenote, paint, etc. You could even print out their pictures in the center of the paper and let them label the pieces as you explain and talk about it. 

Just some integration ideas. I love the concept! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Diane Dahl on February 13, 2011 at 6:28pm
My husband and I drew it.  Thanks!
Comment by Jeanette Morehouse on February 13, 2011 at 7:46am
Wow! That's a great idea! We're just about to head into Book Week so great timing! Thanks.
Comment by Joanne Kaminski on February 12, 2011 at 1:36am
I love this.  Thanks for sharing it.  It is a wonderful illustration of the reading process.

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