Reading success in higher grades focuses on developing more and higher level thinking skills.
- If your child is not reading at grade level at the beginning of fourth grade, it is important to get immediate intervention. If the school cannot provide this, contract for the services of a reading specialist or learning center. If you cannot afford it, try community tutoring programs. At minimum, ask a reading specialist for a diagnosis and a list of skills that you and the classroom teacher can work on. If necessary, check out the many and varied teaching materials at our favorite education store: TPT (www.teacherspayteachers.com).
- Some classroom teachers might say that a child has poor comprehension, but often there are other problems, such as decoding deficiencies or fluency problems, which influence comprehension, but are not recognized. A reading specialist should be able to determine exactly where problems lie. Time and/or money spent now (or earlier, in grades 2 or 3) will be well-spent in avoiding a compounding of heavy comprehension load with inability to read grade level texts as your child progresses through school.
- Reading comprehension skills are most important for reading success in higher levels. Your child will be learning to
- Find and explain the main idea of a paragraph.
- Choose supporting details and eliminate unimportant details
- Explain cause and effect in the text
- Order events from the text in correct time sequence
- Draw logical conclusions
- Predict and explain outcomes
- Provide alternate endings
- Understand figurative language
- Relate text to previous text and learning
- Explain his beliefs about and appreciation of text.
4. Content area reading and non-fiction are major components of reading in the intermediate elementary grades and beyond.
5. Study skills are very important, but they are often given short shrift in many classrooms. You can help! Nothing is better than an individual, one-to-one guide through the method of studying a textbook.
Talk to him or her about the answers. Discuss which ones (s)he will try to improve on this year.
6. The student must practice the skills being taught by actually spending time reading! Parents must assure adequate free time reading. Teachers should assign reading for pleasure because, in many cases, this is the only extra practice their students might do.
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