I know you want your student or child to become a fluent reader. That’s why I like Nancy Polette’s book, Activities for Any Picture Book so well. She includes multiple research-based instructional strategies to be used before, during, and after reading. A parent or teacher would never use all of these strategies with one story. They are presented for you to use based on your needs. I like that she includes examples of how to use each strategy.
Reading science is often heavy with new vocabulary, so you might want to pay special attention to word walls, and other ways to increase vocabulary comprehension. Keeping a science notebook in which the student writes and/or draws once they understand a concept well enough to explain it to someone else is another key strategy to not only increase comprehension but thinking skills as well.
Nancy Polette has two other books you might like to pair with this one: Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Primary Grades, and Research in the Primary Grades without Copying, Copying, Copying. In this information age it is essential for our children to be able to read non-fiction and do research. Gone are the days when we teach students “just the facts, m ‘am.” We need our children to learn how to learn, to access new information, and to think critically.
All three of these books are available from the publisher, Pieces of Learning
Polette, Nancy. Activities for Any Picture Book. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning, 1999. Print. ISBN 978-1-8805-40-3
Polette, Nancy, and Paul Dillon. Reading and Writing Non Fiction in the Primary Grades. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning, 2001. Print. SKU: CLC0259
Polette, Nancy. Research in the Primary Grades without Copying, Copying, Copying. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning. Print. SKU: CLC0424