Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the middle of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help the achieve their advancement.

Comprehension Strategies

In our school there is a Whole School Approach to

learning comprehension using the strategies from

Martin Gleeson’s ‘Building Bridges of Understanding’. 

 

The following games will give you an idea

of what many of these strategies involve 

and will give your child a little practice.

 

Though some of these strategies are not

taught formally until the middle and senior

classes, it is good to give your child practice.

 

You might like to concentrate on

one or two strategies a week

from the list of those being covered

in First and Second Class

and gradually build up your child’s skills.

 

1. Prediction: 

Prediction game from Phil Tulga.com

 

2. Visualisation: 

Visualizing activity from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

3. Making Connections: 

Making Connections from Blue Ribbon Games

 

4. Questioning: 

The Questioning Cube from Blue Ribbon Games

 

5. Monitoring Comprehension

by clarifying and ‘declunking’

(‘Declunking’ is the process of breaking up a word

into syllables in order to pronounce it correctly and

understanding its meaning.)

The Fridge Game from Blue Ribbon Readers 

requires students

to identify confusing words (by monitoring)

and replace them with words

that make sense of the sentence (clarifying)

 

6. Determining Importance:  

Blue Ribbon Readers – The Hamburger Game

 

7. Inferring: 

Inferring using riddles from Phil Tulga.com

and The Detective Game from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

8. Synthesis is a complex process

and is taught in Senior Classes

but here is a simple game that

introduces it from Blue Ribbon Readers

 

You can read more about comprehension strategies here.