Decoding/Reading Strategies

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  1. dizzybri14

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    Ok I know that I've seen these somewhere but for the life of me can't remember where... I am looking for the characters used to remember the reading strategies. I know one of them is a frog or kangaroo (can't remember) for skip the word and read the rest of the sentence, but I know there are more! Anyone have any idea?
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    Are you talking about the snake, frog, kangaroo, and monkey? Or something else?
     
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    Never heard of characters to represent the different strategies. Please tell me more!

    I do have a couple songs related to that. Dr. Jean has the song Tools of Good Readers and Jack Hartmann has the song Hop Over It.
     
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    Well there are

    Sammy the Sound-it-out snake--he comes out when you need to sound out the beginning, middle or end

    Skip-it the frog
    who skips over words he doesn't know and hops to the end

    Cluey the Kangaroo Detective who basically asks "does this makes sense?"

    and finally there is Chunky Monkey, yep you guessed it. He looks for chunks or known words within a word like "carpet" or "drainage"
     
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    Interesting.... and how are these characters used?
     
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    Peachy,

    There is really not a lot to it if this is what the OP was talking about. You can use stuffed animals like beanie babies or even webkinz (if they have a snake).

    You would have a special day where you introduce these characters and what they do to your class. You can go through several words or sentences to demonstrate, calling kids up to help. Each character is an expert in what they do and the kids will learn that.

    During guided reading you say things like what would Sammy do? So then they try sounding out, if it doesn't work they think of Skip it, Chunky Monkey or Cluey. It's pretty much using normal reading strategies but presenting them in a way kids will remember. It is kind of funny because as you are doing GR, or any kind of partner reading, you will hear a student hint to another "chunky monkey" in sort of that sing song voice to help the child out.
     
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    I think I have the ones you want! I will find the link for you.
     
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    Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about and my kids LOVE THEM! Unfortunately, though, the last time I went there, much of the site was down and she was trying to build it back up. http://aschilb.emsd37.org/reading/ReadingSTR.htm
     
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    Here is what used to be on the above site:
    Eagle eye (look at the picturess for clues)
    Stretchy snake (Stretch out the sounds in the word)
    Skippy Frog (Skip the word, Finish the sentence. Hop back and read the sentence again.)
    Lips the fish Get your lips ready for the first sound
    Cunky Monkey Find chunkns in the word
    Tryin' Lion Try a word that might make sense in the sentence
    Flippy Dolphin Flip the vowel sound
    Helpful Kangaroo Ask someone for help

    I hope the site comes back up soon - she gives tips on how to introduce each "trick"
     
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    Thanks everyone! These will be helpful for my kiddos to start using. I wish I knew these tricks when I was in school!
     
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    Thank you everyone! Those are exactly what I was looking for! :) I wish those sites were up and running though... I am using them for one of our remediation stations that we are doing in a few weeks, maybe the sites will be back up by then. :thanks:
     
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    These are so neat.. I am taking teaching reading in Elm school and Reading Remediation right now and these are going to come in so handy... You guys are GREAT!!!
     
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    I actually use these in my classroom and they have worked great!! I did the whole bulletin board with the beanie babies after I introduced each one of them along with the reading strategies. My kids use the bookmarks and I have the posters displayed. If anyone wants me to email them the bookmarks, posters etc. from my computer, please feel free to send me a PM.
     
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    Wow, what a great system! I've never heard of the animals before, but I'm looking forward to trying this with my lower-grade students. :)
     
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    This website even has the comprehension strategies!!! Great idea!!! And animals are animals that the kids like which helps them to remember the strategies and use them. It has animals like "Spinner the Spider" to teach making connections. It has "Questioning Owl" to remember to ask yourself questions while you read.
     
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    Thanks also, I love it and will use it also.
    Deeno
     
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    I have some very low students and some ESL kids this year who still need help with decoding strategies.
    I introduced the animals to them and was suprised how much they liked them! We even made up actions to go with each one! and i have grade 4's!!!
    i was expecting them to roll their eyes and say that it was too babyish! but they loved it
    i made up bookmarks that have the strategies on them and they use them for their take home readers.

    thanks for the great idea
     
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    Wow! I've never heard of them before. I LOVE them!!!

    Looking forward to the website being back up so I can get more stuff and the comprehension ones.

    Thanks for the links!
     
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    Beanie Baby Strategies

    I saved them to my computer this summer and I am glad I did-I have not used them yet but will definitely use them next year once I get the beanies I am not sure to add an attachment-any novices out there that knows how please let me know.
    thanks
     
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    I would love to have a copy of the bookmarks, posters etc for reading strategies and comprehension using the beanie babies. Thank you so very much...
     
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    I may be teacing reading next year in 3rd grade. Could I use this with struggling readers or would it be to babyish?
     
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    Ta-da! Pooh42 e-mailed them to so I could post them for you guys. I'm in the process of hitting every garage sale this side of the Rocky Mountains to find them. I found four last weekend. I'm going to try to get a couple of each, if possible, so the kids can take them back to their seats with them while they practice the strategies. I'm teaching third, storyh, and I think they'll love it.

    http://www.realclassroomideas.com/194.html

    If anyone has any more resources for comprehension, let me know. Pooh42 only had one document.
     

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