A great Reading instruction class warm-up provides for useful educational time related to the reading lesson plan for that day or the actual reading material. The best class starters for reading should be related to vocabulary or related directly to the reading topic. There are many great reading class warm-ups, but some outshine others.
Frayer Vocabulary Graphic Organizer
As a Special Education and Reading Teacher, this is my favorite reading warmup activity. The Frayer model is an all inclusive vocabulary graphic organizer. The Frayer Model lists a chosen vocabulary word in the middle circle, with four corresponding squares entitled definition, characteristic, non-examples and examples. Generally I write the definition of the word on the overhead or Smart board and students fill in the remaining three squares on their own. I often replace the non-example square with a picture the student can draw to represent the word. I found that students were confused when asked to list a non-example.
Summarizing Class Warm-up
This reading warm-up often is related to the previous days reading activity or homework assignment. There is a great graphic organizer simply called the Summarizing Graphic Organizer . This form provides four important idea squares where students write brief summaries garnered from the related reading activity. The bottom box provides for a summary of the reading assignment.
Predict and Infer Warm-up
The Predict and Infer Warm-up involves the student in listing an event from the story and then involving the student in predicting and inferring. It is best for the teacher to chose an event from the story to start the student with this activity. The warm-up requires the student to list the event, what the student thinks will happen, clues from the story and what really happened. Students generally keep the warm up to complete after the reading assignment, listing what happened.
KWL Graphic Organizer
The KWL Graphic Organizer involves the student in thinking about information they already know about the topic or reading assignment. The form is divided into three equal areas calling for what the student already know,what they hope to learn and what they learned. This is another warm-up activity that can be used as a class closure, having students complete what they learned after reading.
With so many great Reading warm-ups, it may prove difficult to find the right ones. These are only four of many great Reading class warm-ups ideas.