Reciprocal Teaching, 5th Grade Style

Melanie Corning

Ms. Corning’s 5the graders engaged in an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Students learned to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting.  The students gathered in groups of four and took turns taking different roles:

This structure for reading in a group encourages students to think about their own thought process during reading.  It helps them to be actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read and it teaches them to ask questions that helps to make the text more comprehensible and enjoyable.

In addition, they learned presentations skills before their group and leadership skills as they moved from role to role. This was a very fun way to approach reading with depth!