I have taught my students that listening for understanding means to make sure that the story they are reading makes sense to them. We have talked about how we need to periodically stop and think about what we are reading and ask ourselves questions as we read.
This week I read the book The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. We focused our discussion and partner talk on the characters in the book. Then we made a Venn Diagram to compare them. Next week we are going to begin comparing the characters in the books we read to ourselves.
The Venn Diagram idea came from Kim Adsit's Apples and Pumpkins unit and the construction paper pumpkin came from the TLC Lessons Pre-Kindergarten book.