My students can’t seem to remember what they’ve read. How can I help them?
our students who struggle the post are not able to recall facts about
what they are reading. Here is a fun extension you can use in a small
group to help students with short term memory issues or difficulties in
recalling what they have read.
Objectives: 1). Students will be able to remember more of the details from the non-fiction texts they read.
Each student given a passage to read that is 1-2 paragraphs. With time,
you can increase in the complexity and length of the passages.
1) Chorally read the passage together.
2) Read sentence 1 out loud again. You can either call on a student or read it out loud yourself.
MODEL: Model covering up the sentence and then remembering one detail
from the sentence. As you state the detail out loud, count on your
fingers. (Showing the number 1) Encourage your students to mirror your
4) WE DO: With a partner, have the students reread the sentence again, cover it up, and tell their partner one detail.
a) Read, Cover, Count
5) Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the next sentence.
After you complete steps 3 and 4 with the whole paragraph, MODEL
covering up the paragraph and retelling as many details as you can
remember. Have the students count on their hands as you tell the
7) YOU DO: Partners reread the paragraph and then count details out loud, trying to remember between 5-8 details per paragraph.
8) Repeat this process with the next paragraph.