Reading Strategies

Decoding Strategies

Remember these strategies if you come to a word that you do not know while you are reading.

  • Look at the pictures for clues.
  • Get your lips ready to make the first sound.
  • Stretch the word out and then put the sounds together.
  • Chunk the word by looking for smaller words or word parts you know.
  • Skip the word, read to the end, and then go back.
  • Try to read the word again.
  • Ask for help after you have tried the other strategies.

* Think…  
Does the word look right?
Does the word sound right?
Does the word make sense?
If not, stop and go back to try to figure it out again!

You can also click on the following link to view decoding strategies to use while you are reading:Decoding Strategies

Comprehension Strategies

Remember to use these strategies.  They will help you to understand what you are reading!

  • Predict- Make a reasonable guess about what might happen next.
  • Clarify- Reread when something is confusing.
  • Visualize- Imagine a picture in your mind of what is happening in the story.
  • Ask Questions- Ask questions if something is confusing to you.
  • Make Connections- Connect what you are reading to something else you have read or experienced.
  • Summarize- Retell what has happened in the story so far.

You can also click on the following link to view comprehension strategies to use while you are reading: Comprehension Strategies

Test-Taking Strategies

R- Read carefully.  Preview the questions, underline important words or phrases, and re-read to clarify.
E- Even if you think you know the answer, read all choices.
L- Look back in the story to find clues to support your answer.
A- Always try your best!
X- X out answers that do not make sense and check your work.