Detecting New Reading Strategies

Detecting New Reading Strategies

Arrowhead Elementary School third-graders went undercover this winter as reading detectives and worked to build strong reading fluency skills during a reading and writing unit of study.

The project taught the students how to properly read mysteries, including how to look for clues within the writing and on the book jacket and how to make predictions on suspects as a result of their demonstrated motives and opportunities. Through read-alouds and silent reading, students took notes of clues to help solve the problem and worked to put the pieces of the puzzle together before the detectives in the story did.  

As an added sense of fun, throughout the study and during the day, the teachers created different clues for various classroom activities. The students eagerly worked to solve these clues using the strategies they had learned in the reading and writing unit.

Later in the year, the students will utilize their new skills as they begin to explore fiction books.