Nancy Cooney

Mrs. Cooney
Third Grade ELA Teacher
Gantner Avenue School

I am a graduate of Saint Peter's College and New Jersey City University and have been working in the Elmwood Park School DIstrict since 2001.

My email address is

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Here are some helpful Reading Comprehension tips:

Read a chapter book 20 minutes a night from different genres.  

Reading nightly will help strengthen vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Choose a variety of chapter books from different genres.  Read other material such as magazine articles from Time For Kids and National Geographic for Kids. 

1. When reading, apply what we are vlearning in Reader's Workshop. What do you picture in your mond?  What do you think?  Make Connections:  Text To Text, Text To Self, Text To World.
2.  As you are reading, think of  Thick Questions.  Thick questions require the reader to think and search for the answer.  Why do you think...?  How would you feel if...?  What might...?

3. Use your Post It Notes to Stop and Jot and write Thick Questions as you read.

4. Write down unfamiliar vocabulary while reading and define the words.

5.  Summarize what you have read. 

6. Always have a good chapter book to read.  Choose books from different genres....realistic fiction, fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, drama, etc.

Mrs. Cooney
ELA Teacher
Third Grade