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How can we improve comprehension in our school, especially grade 3-5?

Oct 13, 2016 8:00am

Our students really struggle with comprehension as the instructional coach I would really like to be able to offer teachers strategies that help improve comprehension.

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-5


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    • Oct 17, 2016 9:23am

      Hi Janel- Have they been taught how to discuss as a group after reading a selection? I find this skill to be invaluable in my science class. However, it is one that needs to be taught for a proper exchange of ideas to occur.

      • Oct 19, 2016 1:37pm

        Hi Janel,

        I'm the Literacy Coach for my school division in Canada. We have decided on 8 specific comprehension strategies to help students improve.

        The strategies are:

        Self-monitoring (using strategies to decode words and understand the text, but changing to a new strategy if one is not working)


        Making Connections (text to text, text to world, or text to self)






        Teachers model each of these strategies using think alouds.

        Then, the strategies are practiced during whole class shared reading.

        Next, the strategies are supported and scaffolded during Guided Reading sessions (using leveled texts at students instructional levels)

        Finally, they are practiced independently and teachers conference with students using a reading workshop model to check in and support comprehension as necessary.

        We use graphic organizers as written responses for each specific strategy.

        All these strategies are combined together to create a cycle of support to independence for each comprehension strategy.

        Hopefully this gives you some ideas on what kinds of materials you can search for!