The science of reading approach can be effective for teaching reading to upper elementary students (typically students in grades 3-5). Here are some specific strategies you can use when teaching reading to upper elementary students using the science of reading approach.
Using Phonemic Awareness
First, review and reinforce phonemic awareness skills. Even though upper elementary students have likely already learned phonemic awareness skills. It's still important to review and reinforce these skills regularly. You can do this through activities such as rhyming, blending sounds, and segmenting words into phonemes. Here are two great products to help with phonemic awareness.
The Science of Reading Using Word Decoding and Fluency
Next, focus on word decoding and fluency. At this level, it's important to help students develop their ability to decode unfamiliar words and read with fluency. You can do this through activities such as phonics instruction, reading aloud to model fluency, and providing opportunities for students to practice reading independently.
Another strategy is to build vocabulary. Help students expand their vocabulary by introducing them to new words and providing opportunities for them to learn the meanings of those words. This can involve discussing the meanings of words in context, using word walls and other visual aids, and incorporating word work activities into your lessons.
Promote comprehension. Encourage students to think critically about what they're reading by asking them to make connections, draw inferences, and ask questions about the texts they're reading. You can also use graphic organizers and other tools to help students organize their thoughts and understand the main ideas and supporting details in a text. Here are two of our best-selling comprehension products.
Assessment in Science of Reading
Finally, use assessment to track progress and adjust instruction. Regularly assess students' reading skills and use the results to inform your instruction and adjust your teaching as needed. This will help you ensure that you're meeting the needs of all of your students and providing them with the support they need to succeed.
Click here for a great blog post: 2 Strategies to Assess Every Reader in One Day. You will also find a great video to watch.