Comprehension strategies are being explicitly taught to the children in 1st and 2nd Class. It is important that we think about what we are reading and to construct meaning. We are busy predicting, questioning, visualising and making connections in First and Second Class. We will be adding to our comprehensions strategies during the year.
Predicting is like being a detective.I can make predictions before and during reading.I think about the information I know from the cover, pictures and the story.I think about what will happen next and listen to the author’s clues.It doesn’t have to be right!!“I predict that …”Explains whyUse prior knowledgeUse evidence and cluesWhat has happened so far?What is the reason for your prediction?Why do you think that?What clues are you using to predict?What will happen next because of this event? Why do you think this will happen?
We can ask questions anytime!They help us to think more about what we read.Sometimes we can find answers to our questions in the story or using our background knowledge.Sometimes the author leaves us wondering!Asking questions helps us to “solve” the story by putting all the pieces together.“I wonder …?”“Here” questions have obvious answersWhat? When? Where? Which? How?“Head” questionsUse your own thoughts, feelings and opinionsUse prior knowledge to make connectionsWas it something that happened that made you think that?Do you need to infer?“Hidden” QuestionsTry to use all the clues from the story so far.Think about the characters in the story and the things they are doingWhy do you think he did that? How do you know?Why do you think she felt that way? How do you know?Why do you think he said that? How do you know?
Picture / movie in your headWe use our “movie” to help us picture the story inside our heads. Smells, sounds, taste and touch can make your movie better.The words are like the script.Change your movie as you get more information.Everybody will have a slightly different movie.Are you connecting with something?My picture is slightly different …Why did that picture come into your head?Can you describe what you saw in the film of you head while reading?Can you describe something you could see? / feel? / touch? / hear?
We can make connections at any time.You think about something that happened in the story that reminds you of something else in:The Story – Text to TextYour Own Life – Text to SelfThe World – Text to World.Our background knowledge is very important here.It makes the story come to life and you can imagine it better.“It reminds me of …”Did you make a connection with this text?Did it remind you of anything?What type of connection is that?
This strategy encourages readers to constantly ask themselves what is important in a sentence, phrase, paragraph, chapter or whole text.I can understand the main ideas of the text and what the author’s message is.The text was mostly about…The important details were…I will underline the key words ….I think … and … are importantWho, what, when, where, why …Famous Five Key Word SearchWhat’s Your StoryMain Idea Pyramid
Summarising is the ability to reduce a larger piece of text so the focus is on the most important elements of the text.When I summarise I can think about what I have read and then focus on the most important elements.First, next, finally, then…I think the purpose of this text was to…I can think about the most important parts and retell them in my own words…
Riddle of the Day
Today’s riddle: What kind of coat is best put on wet?
Today’s riddle: What starts with a P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters?
Today’s riddle: You see me once in June, twice in November, but not at all in May. What am I?
Today’s Riddle:I have a tail and a head, but no body. What am I?
Today’s riddle: Give me food, and I will live. Give me water, and I will die.What am I?
Today’s riddle: What question can someone ask all day long, always get completely different answers, and yet all the answers could be correct?
Today’s riddle: A man in a car saw a Golden Door, Silver Door and a Bronze Door. What door did he open first?
Today’s riddle: This is as light as a feather, yet no person can hold it for long. What is it?
Today’s riddle: I have to be opened but I don’t have a lid or a key to get in. What am I?
Today’s riddle: What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?
Today’s riddle: Everyone has it and no one can lose it; what is it?
Today’s riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
Today’s riddle: What goes up but never goes down?
Today’s riddle: What has a bottom at the top?
Today’s riddle: A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays for three days, then leaves on Friday. How did he do it?
Today’s riddle: What word begins and ends with an E but only has one letter?
Today’s riddle: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
Today’s riddle: What has a neck but no head?
Today’s riddle: I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old…. What am I?
Dia Daoibh a phaistí
An bhfuil tú go maith? (Tá mé/níl mé go maith)
Abair le do thuismitheoirí faoin aimsir inniu…… An bhfuil an lá go breá? An bhfuil sé te/fuar? An bhfuil an ghrian ag taitneamh? An bhfuil sé fliuch/tirim? An bhfuil sé geal/dorcha? An bhfuil sé scamallach?…. (Tá/níl)
Tá sé fuar inniu ach ní raibh sé fuar Dé Satharn. Bhí sé an-te agus bhí an ghrian ag taitneamh go hard sa spéir. Lá breá a bhí ann.
Bhí sé ag cur báistí maidin inné ach ní raibh sé ag cur báistí tráthnóna inné.
An bhfaca tú blathanna sa ghairdín? Chonaic mé/ní fhaca mé. (Did you see flowers in the garden?)
An bhfaca tú madra/ bó/cat/tarracóir ar maidin? (Chonaic mé/ ní fhaca mé.)
An bhfuil tú go maith? (Tá mé / níl mé….. tá pian i mo cheann/chos/ghlúin….)
Conas ata tú inniu? An bhfuil tú go maith? Cad a ith tú don bhricfeasta? Ar ith tú gránach/ leite/tósta/ubh? (D’ith me/níor ith mé…….)
Ar chuir tú do chóta/briste/hata/geansaí ort? (Chuir mé/níor chuir mé mo …… orm)
An bhfuil sé ag cur baistí? An bhfuil sé scamallach? Ar chuir tú do gheansaí/ speaclaí gréíne/ hata/ brístí ort ar maidin? (Chuir me/níor chuir mé mo gheansaí orm)
Conas atá tú inniu? An bhfuil tú go maith? An bhfuil an lá go breá?
Lá Breithe Shona duit. Tá tú seacht / ocht mbliana d’aois inniu. Comhghairdeas!!
An bhfuil sibh go maith? Bhí an lá go breá inné agus bhí an ghrian ag taitneamh. Bhí sé geal.
An bhfuil an ghrian ag taitneamh inniu? An bhfuil sé geal?
“Chuaigh me go dtí an siopa agus cheannaigh mé”………. cáca, leite, geansaí……..
Bhí an ghrian ag taitneamh inné agus bhí an lá go breá. Féach amach an fhuinneog inniú agus scríobh 3 / 4 abairtí faoin aimsir.
An bhfuil sé tirim/fliuch? An bhfuil sé fuar/te? An bhfuil sé gaofar/ ag cur baistí…….?
- Edinburgh Zoo – bit.ly/EdinburghZooCams
- Marwell Zoo (UK) – bit.ly/MarwellZooCams
- San Diego Zoo – bit.ly/SanDiegoZooCams
- Houston Zoo – bit.ly/HoustonZooCam
- Clear Water Marine Aquarium – bit.ly/ClearWaterMarineCams
- Trinity College Dublin
- The Long Room – bit.ly/TCDTheLongRoom
- National Library of Ireland – bit.ly/NationalLibraryIRL
- National Gallery of Ireland – bit.ly/NationalGalleryIRL
- National Museum of Ireland
- Medieval Museum Treasures of Medieval Waterford – bit.ly/MedievalWaterford
- Number Twenty Nine ESB’s Georgian House Museum – bit.ly/Number29
- The Pearse Museum – bit.ly/PearseMuseumTour
- Titanic Experience Cobh – bit.ly/TitanicExperienceCobh
Book of Hopes
Here is a book called Book of Hopes. https://literacytrust.org.uk
This is what it says on the website:
Edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.