I’m always trying to think of fun ways to introduce reading strategies to my students. I’d seen this idea floating around for a while and wanted to try it out in my own classroom. Today we made “Reading Salad.”
The “Lettuce” cards represent what you read in the text. The “Tomato” cards represent your thinking as you read because Metacognition = Thinking about Thinking…and it’s one of the many ways we make meaning when we read! I started by reading the title/cover of a book. We put in one piece of “Lettuce” to represent the text I just read. Then I demonstrated my thinking as I read by thinking aloud about the title.
“Hmm….I wonder if this book will… I’m noticing that…. I figure that….” After I thought about the page, we put in a “tomato” to demonstrate my thinking.
I progressed throughout the book, page by page, demonstrating me first reading some text and then thinking aloud about the text by making predictions, drawing conclusions, make text connections, etc. By the time I was finished with the book we had a reading salad that looked like this. YUM!We discussed the process and concluded that REAL READING is TEXT + THINKING. The kids got it…they really did!
The next step was much harder for first graders, but I imagine would go much more smoothly for second grade and up. I had students read a couple of pages from a book and then explain their thinking aloud while a classmate held up a thought bubble.This exercise came straight from the FABULOUS book Comprehension Connections. I’ve created a little freebie pack to help you carry out this activity in your own classroom. It includes the materials pictured above plus a few other goodies! I hope this helps make Metacognition a concrete concept that students can apply again and again!
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