Friday, February 11, 2011

It's Good Reader Boy! 3:30 Weekdays...

I’ve wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies.  A list just seems too boring.  One thing I’ve learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable.  So I came up with this Good Reader Boy poster!
The poster connects like this:

Head: Think. Good readers monitor their own thinking while reading.
Eyes: Infer.  Good readers look for clues in their text or their own schema to draw conclusions, make predictions, and more.
Nose: Importance. Good readers sniff out important details and summarize key points.
Mouth: Questions.  Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading.
Heart: Visualize. Good readers love to make brain-movies when reading to fill in details missing from text.
Stomach: Schema.  Good readers are hungry to connect things in their text to what they already know.
Waist: Purpose. Good readers don’t waste time…they choose a purpose for reading and pick the best strategy.
Hands: Synthesize. Good readers can ‘put it all together’ to retell and summarize beyond the basic information.
Knees: Monitor Comprehension.  Good readers know they need to understand text. They know what to do if they don’t understand the text.
Feet: Text Structure.  Good readers have a firm understanding of the elements of a story and use it to help them understand the text.
Is the little fella a little…um…disproportionate? Yes, but I’m going with the “it adds character” excuse!  I can’t wait to share this with the students Monday!

I've had the poster re-designed, and it is for sale here:


  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Quick you need to copyright him! That is amazing, Diane. I have these on my wall with cute pictures on each but I like yours much better!!

  3. Hi Diane,

    Thanks for sharing this poster. I will pass this post on to other teachers!


  4. Hello Diane,

    I found your blog from Twitter and this is the first entry I ran into...

    Very interesting and creative, keep up the good work! :)

  5. Hey Diane,
    Just getting a chance to see this. Awesome job! Take care and see you in the next class!

  6. Thanks for all the encouraging comments! I'm having him printed up, so a poster should be available in the next month.
    Hi Maria!

  7. Great job! I definitely want one or two or three!

    Angie Rumsey

  8. Absolutely love this! Can't wait to get one for my students!