* Look at the cover of the book (title and picture) and predict what the story might be about. Make more predictions as you read. * Use the pictures to help understand what the words are saying. * Use the pictures to get more information. Sometimes the illustrator gives us clues that the author didn’t tell us. * Self-correct as you read. If you make a mistake, go back and reread the sentence. If what you read didn’t make sense, go back and reread the sentence. * Use expression when you read. - Change your voice when you see capital letters (READ), bold letters (READ), or words that are in italics (read). - Change your voice when you see an exclamation mark ( ! ). - Change your voice when you see a question mark ( ? ). * Read the words smoothly, not choppy. * If you get stuck on a word: - Look for word endings (ing, ed, & s) - Look for digraphs (sh & th – together the two letters make a new sound). - Look for clusters (st & sm – you say both letter sounds). - Look for words in words. * After you have read the story, think about the order in which things happened. Can you retell the story?