Wilmer Elementary January 2016
Formative Assessment: Formative assessment is a process that uses informal assessment strategies to gather information
Three Facts and a Fib - The three facts and a fib activity is a great strategy to find out what
students have learned about a unit of study. Students write down three facts and one fib about a topic. They take turn sharing their three facts and a fib with a partner, in a small group, or with the entire class. Students enjoy trying to identify the “fib.” Circulate throughout the class as the students are writing and sharing what they have written.
Reading Comprehension Strategies: Making Connections/Asking Questions
MAKING CONNECTIONS: The first type of connection is a text to self connection. When a reader makes a text to self connection, they compare the characters or events in the book to their own lives. This helps the reader to understand how a character might be feeling or what they might be thinking. This also helps the reader to better understand the events, problems and solutions within a book.
The second type of connection readers make is a text to text connection. When a reader makes a text to text connection, they compare the characters and events in a book to another book that they have read. This helps the reader to predict what might happen next in the book based on what they know about other books.
The third type of connection readers make is a text to world connection. When a reader makes a text to world connection, they compare the characters and events in the book to something that has happened in the real world. This helps the reader to understand the characters actions or the sequence of events within a book.
When readers ask questions, they set a purpose for reading a book, which can make reading much more interesting. Sometimes readers stop to ask a question in the middle of a book to help them think about and understand the story.
It is often helpful for readers to jot down their questions in a reader’s notebook. As a result of doing so readers will be able to review their questions before, during and after reading in order to determine whether or not they have discovered information that answers their questions.