Comprehension Connections is the bestselling resource that teachers love! Tanny McGregor uses real-life objects in surprising ways to make abstract. Comprehension Connections has ratings and 51 reviews. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons Comprehension Connections is a guide to developing children’s ability to fully.

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Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels.

Inferring Song Songs to familiar tunes can teach children reading strategies.

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading by Tanny McGregor

I don’t give them any other directions. Each time their thinking changes, it’s written or drawn in the next ring.

First, her famous Real Reading Salad shows students how text and thinking mix to make reading. Tanny McGregor is an instructional coach who has developed concrete experiences to help children understand comprehension strategies.

Play-Doh Questioning I like to introduce “questioning” to my students by giving them a small container of Play-Doh. McGregor’s book scores well on both counts. Books by Tanny McGregor.


We discuss the contents for a few minutes and then I ask them out of all this “stuff” The anchor or wall charts are included as pictures, most of the high-interest lesson activities have multiple options for a lesson and analogy. McGregor’s approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding.


An easy and quick read. Then come lessons for each metacognitive strategy, tips for using wordless picture books to enhance lessons, and examples of anchor charts that keep students focused on strategies across the year.

Okay I’ll stop gushing now. Tanny does an outstanding job of creating metaphorical thinking.

The strategies described in this book are not merely reading strategies; they are thinking strategies. Using the template from above, I write my students’ tanng under “Inference”. Apr 22, Marsha Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: This one is a keeper.

A-Z Schema Encourage children to use this chart to write down comprehensionn schema about a certain topic by categorizing it by sound. Sean rated it really liked it Aug 23, Comprehension, Language Arts, Reading.

If a student directs a question to me, I simply shrug my shoulders. Nov 09, Gail rated it it was amazing.

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This gets them excited comprheension eager to find out its meaning! This activity can be done with many things you’d find in your home! So that’s how I spent the rest of the afternoon To see what your friends thought of this book, please compreyension up. Throughout the school year, place charts and pictures under each word to help students remember the strategies. Students are given a paper clip to add to our Reading Web for each book they read. Your initial response is written in the center of the spiral and comprehensiob around as your thinking changes.


Relating the strategies to something concrete makes so much sense. Alexis rated it really liked it Aug 22, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Every teacher in grades should have this book. I ask the class why someone would erase their board in the middle of a story and then draw something else? Tracy rated it really liked it Oct 25, Return to Book Page. In fact, good readers who are able to visualize when they are reading are able to recall what they read better than readers who don’t visualize when they are reading.

During this time is also when I read aloud the series of Mercy Watson books comprehensin Kate DiCamillo there are now five books. The author offers some awesome suggestions for making the important abstract work of reading comprehension more concrete for students.