2nd graders have been learning about tools readers use when they hit bumps in the road while reading. They are practicing utilizing various decoding strategies such as chunking (finding smaller words within a word) and taking off word endings to help them figure out how to pronounce unknown words. Readers are also reminded to use illustrations and ask themselves does what I am reading sound right...and make sense? If it does not, they learned readers often reread and attempt to chunk to help them decode. Students are working to read a little longer each day in class during independent reading times to build their stamina in reading overall.