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Keys for the Teacher
Check for Understanding is a tool that children can use to help them monitor their understanding of what they are reading. First time readers often obtain story meaning through picture clues. As the difficulty level of the text increases, however, students become focused on decoding individual words and meaning can be lost. Therefore, Check for Under- standing needs to become a habit from the very beginning.

Keys for the Children
Good readers know that understanding what we read is how we can enjoy and learn from books. It is important to stop often and think about “who” is in the story and “what” is happening.

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