This is what we are doing right now so it is fresh in my mind!
I pull articles from Ranger Rick and National Geographic for Kids. They are a good length and usually pretty good articles.
We spent one day practicing the Read, Cover, Retell strategy. The students were in groups of 3 and took turns practicing this by reading one paragraph at a time.
We spent 2 days on highlighting. Using the same type of articles. Instead of retelling the groups discussed what was important enough to be highlighted. We really talked about not highlighting too much.
Then we switched to using post-it notes. They wrote down main ideas, thoughts, questions etc. they had as they read. The post-it is put on the page right where their thought was. That way they can remember it at the end of the article. We also focused on captions under pictures this week.
Next week we will practice note taking, responsive reading and finally making outlines. For the outlines, I made some to go along with the articles they will be reading that are half filled out. They need to finish it.
I think it is really important to review these skills once in awhile. The students seem to enjoy it in small doses.
We are doing our benchmark assessments right now so it is a perfect thing to do while we test and find out what level they should be put into for the next guided reading book.
Hope this helps!