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I also wanted to share a few other fun ideas I use to reinforce these important reading strategies. The first was shared with me by my *fabulous* principal ... it sounds sooo simple, but really works! Basically, I keep a bowl of goldfish crackers with me while conducting guided reading. When students try out ANY of the reading strategies, I simply slide a goldfish toward them. This keeps the flow of the group going, but reinforces their use of the strategies. Like my principal explained ... it's like Pavlov's dog! (Bonus effect .... you can slide a goldfish back if they are goofing off or not following along!)
I've also started giving my kids "trading cards" with the beanie baby strategies on them. After I've noticed them successfully using a strategy over a period of time, I give them that trading card. The goal is to earn them all! This makes them SUPER motivated to try out the various strategies, thus building their mastery of the skill!
Again, in a generous mood ... so click below to download the trading cards!