What do you do when weaker readers don't take the time to use their strategies when reading? I am working with small groups of students in grades 4 and 5, who are reading well below grade level. We have been working on decoding words by looking for sounds that we know, smaller words in big words, etc... The students seem to have little or no problem decoding new, and sometimes difficult, words when they are presented one at a time out of context. However, as soon as they start reading a book, they seem to forget all the strategies that we have been practising and they just start guessing at some of the words. How can I get them to slow down and use their sounds when reading?