So we’re in our new home and I’ve got lots of planning still to do for the coming year (I’ve never managed to plan for anyone for a whole year, but am giving it a whirl this year, insha Allah).
In the meantime, I am trying to keep the kids busy. This post is one of a few (insha Allah) with ideas to help get through the rest of the summer, or for the school year on those unplanned (or even planned) days.
The first idea is to set up a reading schedule and have the kids do simple response activities after reading:
Reading Schedule (Non fiction)
Read an Encarta entry, news article, etc according to the following schedule:
Monday: Science/How Stuff Works
Tuesday: Art, Entertainment, Sports, Recreation etc.
Friday: Islam (Quraan, Ahadith, story, article, poem)
1. Before you read, say/write down some things you know about the topic.
2. Before you read, tell what you would like to know about this topic, what you wonder about this topic
3. After you read, respond by answering the following questions:
- What information surprised you?
- How can you use this information in your life?
- What information do you question or think might not be correct? How might you check it out?
- What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?
- What is the most interesting thing you read?
- What techniques does the author use to make this information easy to understand? (E.g. headings, graphics, etc)
- Where do you think you could look for more information on this topic?
Tips: Younger kids: Read to student and have student copy key words from the reading or sentences; ask the questions above but at their level.
There are also some great post reading response prompts in a nice chart form here: http://fun2teachandlearn.googlepages.com/MarzanoQuestionStems.pdf