Thursday, April 28, 2011

Printable Bookmarks with Thinking Skills/Thinking Stems/Summaries

I’ve blogged about the successful use of thinking skills in promoting reading comprehension and the huge increase I saw in reading levels here: Reading Levels Jump 5 Months in just 2.5 Months!   


I started thinking how great it would be if each student had a bookmark detailing the thinking skills AND thinking stems/summaries.  So I made a bookmark that includes the thinking skills on one side, and the format for thinking stems and summaries on the back.  The thinking skills mirror those on my Good Reader poster.  The students love them and use them regularly.  Feel free to print the bookmarks out for your own students. 

Side one is here: Bookmark Front
Side two is here: Bookmark Back
The bookmarks are in a .jpg format.  If you would like the .pub format… email me at diane.dahl(at)  Please put ‘bookmarks’ in your subject line in case the spam filter grabs it. 

Also, if you are interested, here are the rubrics I use for my thinking stems and summaries....

Have fun, and happy reading!


  1. Increasing your learning through thinking skills is good move.

  2. I used to do this in my classroom, too!

  3. hi diane,
    i'm a new reader of your blog and find these resources so interesting! thank you for sharing them,
    viviana (Sydney, australia)

  4. Great thought provoking article .Thanks for sharing.
    Essay Writer