Reminding students to think!

I have a class full of above grade level readers this year.  They can decode anything!  Sometimes this can be a problem.  Often we forget that decoding doesn't necessarily me comprehending.  Even the best readers need to be reminded to think while reading.  This is one of my favorite strategies to model.  I made cards to hold up in my classroom to remind students to stop, think, and question during independent reading time.
I display this card when I want students to read:
I hold up this card when I want students to stop and write what they're thinking:
I hold up this card when I want students to stop and ask a question about what they're reading:
I also made a tri fold to display during reading groups:
I made this card to display when students are reading with a buddy:
And finally, I hold up this card when I want students to stop and talk with their buddy:
The cards have worked really well this week!  Here are two students stopping and thinking during reading group...

These cards along with an included worksheet for students to write their thoughts and questions are available in my TpT store.


  1. Great idea. It is hard to get across that reading is about more than saying or thinking the words. The big green circles are cool, too! Heather

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  3. Love the idea of reminding them to think with signs. I want some of those dry erase circles!

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