The purpose of activities DURING reading is is monitor understand. You can do this in a variety of ways. These quick activities to do when reading together in a small group are perfect for helping students monitor their understanding while reading.
Support My Statement
This is one of my FAVORITE quick activities to do when reading together in a small group because you can use it for so many different reading strategies. First, decide on a statement and share it with your students. As you read, it is their job to find sentences that support your statement.
Character Maps are a great way to give students a purpose while reading. As they read, students will be searching for words, phrases, or sentences to describe a character or a specific characteristic.
This simple printable is easy for students to do! As they write:
- 3 Things They Discovered
- 2 Interesting Facts
- 1 Question
For younger students, this can be done orally by assigning each student one part from the 3-2-1 chart to focus on.
Stop & React
While reading, it is important to stop and react. The reasons for which you stop could be anything from stopping to make a prediction, re-reading, summarizing, or simply looking up or discussing the meaning of a word.
Depending on the text or the ability of my group, I might use a Post-It Note to plan when I’ll stop and what I’ll ask them.
Think of Three
Think of three is something I use all. the. time. I love it because it can tie right into so many other reading strategies that we might be practicing.
As I read the passage, my students are looking for the three things. What they are looking for will vary depending on what strategy we are working on at that moment. They may be looking for details to support the main idea or sentences that tell how a character was feeling. As they find important sentences, they stick up a finger and then underline it in their book.