While the students read, they put flags into their books to show where they used reading strategies. The ones we worked on were checking for understanding, questioning, making connections, making mental images, and predicting. This system worked well because they could mark the strategies quickly without much break in their reading.
After our reading time, students shared about their strategies in a reading response notebook. The flags in the book reminded them of when and where the strategies were used, making it easier to write about their thinking. (And less likely that they would make up things just to have something to write about.) We coded the responses with a “?” for questions we asked, a “C” when sharing a connection, etc.
I have tweaked the bookmark a bit for next year by changing Predicting to Inferences and replacing the Check for Understanding section with one for Tune Into Vocabulary.
If you would like to see a copy of my bookmarks check out the following Google Docs link.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vfEOJ5LxLlIn7qb_UqQxH_ohzDqyUCgOn7hZOAsIN-c/edit
Today I was inspired, while talking to a friend who teaches 2nd grade, to create a bookmark using only pictures that she could use with her second graders. If you are interested, check out this link.