It is amazing to me how much my kindergarten students are capable of learning. Every time I did a color level check, it seemed they were able to decode more and more words. But do they really understand what they are reading at such a young level. I had six students that moved into 1 Red and 2 Red. Utterly amazing, hard working students! They are fluent readers and are becoming more expressive as they read! However, I was unsure if they really understood all the new vocabulary words and could retell what they were reading. I wanted them to work on the comprehension standard for the color level they were in. So I felt for my 1R and 2R readers I had to focus on 2nd Grade standards. That’s a lot of researching for a kindergarten teacher. So that is why I collaborated with some teachers and came up with these comprehension packet. I have to admit, they are pretty helpful and I have been loving them during Daily 5!
Day 1-4, start small. We read one task card per day. We highlighted major events and responses. The students then did a verbal retell with a partner! By day two I was seeing great improvement. Check out a few of my amazing students. You will notice that I still have to guide my students into their thought process.