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Reading Routine:


Step 1: 

  • Take a “Sneak Peek” at the beginning.  
  • Make a prediction. 

Step 2: 

  • Read the book and check your prediction.   
  • Was it correct? How do you know? 

Step 3:  

  • Do SOMETHING at the end.  
  • Go back and reread a part. 
  • Discuss the story. 
  • Draw a picture. 
  • Write about what you learned. 

Decoding Strategies:

Allow your child to try one or two strategies before you help with the word.  We want students to practice, but we don’t want them to become too frustrated. 

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Does that make SENSE? 

  • Think about what is happening... 
  • Check the picture. 


Does that SOUND right? 

  • Think what kind of word would fit. 
  • Get a running start. 


Does that LOOK right? 

  • Do a s-l-o-w check. 
  • Read it Part by Part 
  • Use a word you know. 
  • Crash the Parts together. 
  • Try it many ways. 
  • Check if it is a snap/sight word. 


Questions to ask BEFORE reading: 

  • Read the summary on the back cover or inside the front cover. 

  • What are you curious to learn about this book? 

  • Do you have any background knowledge about this text or topic? 

  • What do you think will happen in this story? 

  • What do you think the main idea  or lesson will be? 


Questions to ask DURING reading: 

  • What is the problem in this book? 

  • How are the characters attempting to solve the problem? 

  • What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that? 

  • What would be a good title for this section? 

  • What do you do when you come to a word you don’t know? 

  • What wonderings do you have about what is happening in the story? 


Questions to ask AFTER reading: 

  • What lesson does the author want the reader to know? 

  • Tell something you can figure out about the story that the author didn’t tell you? 

  • Retell a part of the story that you liked or disliked.  

  • Retell the story including a beginning, middle, and ending. 

  • Does this story remind you of anything? 

  • What do you think was the most important part? Why? 

  • Show me in the story where the characters had a problem. 

  • Show me in the story where the characters solved a problem. 

Cumberland Road Elementary

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

13535 Cumberland Road
Fishers, IN 46038
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