So I've decided to spend the last days of my holidays creating some products to add to my TPT store. This term I am starting reciprocal reading with my top reading groups, which I am very excited about, as I love reciprocal reading!
If you’re not sure what this is, it is an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarising, questioning, clarifying, and predicting. Once students have learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of teacher (leader) in leading a dialogue about what has been read.
However, before introducing reciprocal reading, it is important that students know exactly what is required of each role. To do this I use ‘Sticky Note Reading Strategies’ by Leanne Prince to teach predicting and summarising. It is a great resource that the little wonders absolutely LOVE! We also practice using a dictionary and creating questions from a text. The three types of questions we use are heart, head and hand questions. If you visit my TPT store I have a product explaining the three types of questions.
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Once you students know what is expected of each role you can jump into a reciprocal reading session! I created a reciprocal reading pack that contains a flowchart, which shows the order of the roles, and role cards, which explain what each role entails. The flowchart can be used by the leader to keep the session on track, while the other children read their role cards to ensure they know what they have to do.
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I hope you all like my new products!
I'm looking forward to using them to teach my little wonders how to run a reciprocal reading session.