Well, I wanted to try to do something like this in class. I have already written about the Strategy Logs I have used in the past. While I think they are great, I found I wanted something a bit more. The kids were getting used to the logs and their thoughts and responses were suffering because of it. The Strategy Logs also required a lot of copies, and frankly, this year I am out. (I like to save them for Calendar, Math HW, Reading Logs, and Morning Message) So about a month ago, I came up with these Comprehension Mats and my students are LOVING them!
|These are the different strategy ones...there are skills too!|
In my class, we have been using these for both independent work and in groups. It is really interesting to hear how the students are responding and tackling the tasks during group work. Their thought processes just come seeping through! I am really loving that aspect of these mats. I also like how engaged the students are using them. To be honest, they are just the same old strategies we have been using all year...but since they are in mat form, and laminated (so they get to use the vis-a-vie markers!) responding to text has taken on a whole new life! Even finding evidence is fun for them :)
|Here is the work that the group above was working on. You can see the different thought processes they had to go through when responding to the story for the week.|