I don’t know why our reading curriculum has synthesis in the 3rd month.
In any case, a good site with resources and ideas for teaching different comprehension strategies.
I know one of these was floating around a couple of weeks ago but when I went to find it I couldn’t, so I adapted a new one. I know for a fact that there are hidden clues in the exam, if only kids read all the questions. I really hope I can make my point!
CAN YOU FOLLOW DIRECTIONS?
This is a timed test, do not talk to your neighbour
You have 5 minutes only!
1. Read everything carefully before doing anything.
2. Write the title “Following Directions” in your book.
3. Write down the 5 topics we’ve covered in class this year.
4. Draw a star on your page.
5. If you have followed directions carefully to this point, come and write your name on the board.
6. Draw five small squares in the upper left-hand corner of your page.
7. Put an “X” in each square.
8. In your normal speaking voice, count from ten to one backwards as fast as possible.
9. Add 75 to 13 and write the answer in your book.
10. Stand up and have a good stretch.
11. When you reach this point, LOUDLY call out, “I AM THE LEADER IN FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS.”
12. Put an “X” in the lower left-hand corner of your page.
13. Draw a triangle around the “X” you just put down.
14. Write under your title: “It is important to read all exam questions to the very end because there might be some hidden clues”.
15. Loudly call out, “I AM NEARLY FINISHED. I HAVE FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS.”
16. Underline the words “hidden clues” on your page.
17. Close your book.
18. Make sure your name is clearly written on the front of your book.
19. Stick your tongue out at your neighbour because you’ve nearly finished.
20. Now that you have finished reading everything carefully, do only tasks 2, 14 and 17.