• What do I do when I come 

    to a word that I don't know?

    1. Look at the picture. Think about the story.

    2. Go back.

    3. Get your mouth ready. Point and slide your finger under the word.

    4. Read to the end of the sentence.

    5. Try a word. 

    Does it make sense? Sound like language? Do the letters match?

    6. Go on.

    Things Good Readers Do


    Look at the cover and title.

    Look at some of the pictures and read some of the text.


    Ask who, what, when, where, why and how.

    Decide if what you’ve read makes sense.


    Wonder about what will happen next.

    Make guesses and read ahead to see if your predictions are correct.


    Imagine the details.

    Use what to understand what the author means.


    Relate what you’ve read to what you know, and to your thoughts and feelings.

    Compare what you’ve read to other texts and to the world around you.


    Organize and connect the details.

    Draw your own conclusion.


    Think about what you’ve read.

    What did you learn?

    Was it important to you? Why or why not?

    Did you like it? Why or why not?