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Blue Ribbon Readers

The Goal

The goal of the Blue Ribbon Readers project is to support teachers and parents in their efforts to teach literacy to children. The collection of lesson plans and interactive materials is designed to improve word recognition and encourage reading comprehension in readers in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The 7 Keys to Comprehension

The reading strategies used in the Blue Ribbon Readers lesson plans and interactive materials are adapted from the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!, by Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins.

Click on the key to learn more, access the lesson plans, and play the games.

Find Important Ideas

Monitor and Clarify

Identify confusing words and make meaning from them.

Create Sensory Images

See it, smell it, hear it, feel it, and taste it ... in your mind.

Ask Questions

Ask who, what, where, when, why, and how while reading text.

Make Inferences

Make Connections

Make connections with prior knowledge.