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!