The Reading Room

Reading Strategy-Schema (background knowledge)

Schema or Background Knowledge

This week and next week students will be exploring the comprehension strategy of schema. Schema refers to your background knowledge and students can ask themselves, "What do I already know about this topic, subject, type of character, situation, problem etc..." Here is the poster we are using to help us with schema. Please use these sentence starters with your child at home.


Schema

Activating your background knowledge

That reminded me of…

I’m remembering…

I have a connection to…

I have schema for…

I can relate to...

101 Best Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Your Child

Check out the link below for a list of the best chapter books to read aloud to your child. Children are NEVER too old to listen to stories and they love to have that special, quiet time with mom or dad. So curl up and read to your child. You can read to them in English or in your first language, whatever is more comfortable for you both.

App Recommendation

Popplet is an app that can be used to map out ideas. Next week, students will be using Popplet to map out their schema for different topics (based on the books they are reading). For example, if students are reading a book about a bully, I will ask them to create a Popplet with things that they know about bullies or bullying. Please see the attached example. You can use this app at home to help your child comprehend their books by asking them to create a Popplet showing the main ideas, making predictions, jotting down clues they want to keep track of along the way etc....