Reading Comprehension K-6

Familiar types of reading comprehension exercises in which students are required to read 
- passage and then answer a set of questions
- some novel approaches
- reference material to provide some inspiration.

General Lessons

Reading Comprehension
Free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents to copy for their kids.

Comprehension Worksheets
Texts and worksheets on various themes for K - 6.

Kickball Comprehension
Integrate softball into an interactive outdoor lesson.

Inferring Character Traits
Students must be able to identify with the characters in a story to fully comprehend 
the story. 
This is just one way you and your students will be able to identify character traits.

Story Pyramid
This is a strategy to help students with comprehension. 
Could be used for character traits and relationships with other characters.

Fun Reading Comprehension
Fun ideas for Reading Comprehension

Kinder, Year 1 and 2 Lessons

Cyber Guides
Units of work based on texts.

Best Practices Portfolio
Ideas for expressive and receptive language acquisition for Kindergarten.

Book Sorting
This sorting activity addresses critical-thinking skills, 
observation and categorization processes, and reading comprehension and writing skills.

Down East on the Farm: A Piggy Webquest
WebQuest for grade 1.

The Buses of Sunnydown Garage
Stories, illustrations and site activities conceived by Ray Arber.

Giant Story Problems: Maths
This activity focuses on reading comprehension skills as they apply to mathematics 
story problems, as well as on written and verbal mathematics communication skills.

Deeper Reading Response: A Template for Teachers
This lesson details the five expressive and performative engagements for responding 
to text, as identified by Lawrence R. Sipe.

Students will use time-order words to sequence the steps it takes to make chocolate 
chip cookies.

Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading and Writing
Through a weekly poem, students explore meaning, sentence structure, rhyming words, 
sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts.

Comparing Tales through Reading and Performance
In this lesson, students identify the similarities and differences between a 
traditional and contemporary version of The Three Little Pigs. Students
demonstrate comprehension by acting out scenes from each of the stories.

ABC Teach Comprehension Lessons
Fictional and Informational Comprehension worksheets.

Responding to Literature
This lesson invites students to respond to literature by challenging them to 
predict and illustrate the ending of a story.

Do the Opposite
When given a selected word, students will be able to know and 
understand its opposite using the trade book \"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, 
No Good, Very Bad Day".

Story Schema Activation Strategy
This lesson plan engages students in developing schemes for 
experiencing unfamiliar situations. This experience then serves as a means of facilitating
their reading comprehension.

Yo! Yes
Students will learn to use picture clues as a valid and effective 
strategy in reading comprehension.

Year 3 and 4 Lessons

Fairy Tales From Life
Students work together in small groups to read, discuss, and analyse fairy tales.

Mystery Pictures: Following Oral Directions
Many children have difficulty accurately giving or following verbal instructions. 
To encourage students to focus on the importance of clear, oral communication.

Story Element Search Web Quest
Students embark on a search for story elements in several online books and stories.

Reading Exercises
Interactive quizzes online for 6 stories. Also quizzes on sequencing 
summarization of each story.

Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games
In small groups over a period of 1-2 days students work together to 
create board games that review elements from novels.

Dinosaur Task Cards
Dinosaur Task Cards develops reading, writing, numeracy and comprehension 
skills across the learning areas for lower to middle primary students.

Comprehending Nonfiction Text
This lesson identifies three skills, identifying text features of 
nonfiction text in a Web format, locating specific information, and generalizing

Literature Circles: Getting Started
Introduces the four jobs in Literature Circles: Discussion Director, 
Literary Luminary, Vocabulary Enricher, and Checker.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Students will seek answers to the 5 Ws + H: who, what, when, where, why and how.

Listening & Reading Comprehension
Students use the newspaper to improve student listening and reading comprehension skills.

Year 5 and 6


Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds
Through this lesson, the teacher will model the think-aloud strategy for students.

Comprehension With A Difference.
Unit of work with some different ideas for comprehension.

Student Contracting
This lesson provides teachers with a basic contract format, 
sustained silent reading (SSR) extension activities, and literature response activities.

Tracing the Roots of Modern Cities
Students learn to understand the relationship between aspects of 
ancient city life and life in modern cities.

Super Reading Comprehension
Set of reading lesson plans that develop strong reading comprehension.

The Big, Bad Wolf . . . Is This a Fact?
This lesson combines the non-fiction works of Seymour Simon with teacher modelling, 
discussion groups, and student-created multimedia presentations to increase comprehension.

Write a Harry Potter Script
Students will practice their reading comprehension skills by learning how to summarize.

Ancient Egypt
Travel back to the world of pharaohs, sphinxes, pyramids, 
and hieroglyphics in this three-segment video. 
The Comprehension Questions are available to download as an RTF file.

Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak The Mighty
Lessons include teaching and practicing the comprehension strategies of 
predicting with support and making personal connections, focusing on the use of
voice in one’s writing, figurative language, vocabulary development, and word study.

Reading Comprehension Skills
In this lesson students go through some theory on improving reading and 
comprehension skills and then try to use these rules in practice.

Today in History
Many sites offer \"This Day in History\" resources that are a great way to 
teach current events, history, and cultural literacy and test comprehension.

Teacher Reference

How Do I Teach Comprehension?
General framework and ideas for teaching comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies
Materials intended to provide an introduction to reading comprehension 
instructional strategies for the primary level.

Guided Reading - The Comprehension block
Powerpoint presentation workshop about Guided Reading.

Guided Reading within the Literacy Hour
This article discusses the purposes and benefits of guided reading, 
and offers a structure for guided reading sessions to improve the quality of both 
teaching and learning reading.

KWL - A Reading Comprehension Strategy
K stands for what you know, W stands for what you want to know, 
and L stands for what you want to learn.

Focus On Reading Comprehension
Article on correlation between vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension.

Increasing Comprehension by Activating Prior Knowledge
Discusses how to use students\' background knowledge to increase reading

Exploring On-Line Tools and Activity Databases that Enhance Reading Comprehension
Online tools that teachers are using to construct original classroom 
literacy activities that enhance reading comprehension.

Collaborative Strategic Reading
Strategy for improving Reading Comprehension skills.

Reading Comprehension
The complex processes involved in reading comprehension are explained in three categories. 
You'll also find useful websites that students can visit to practice their use of 
comprehension strategies with fiction and non-fiction texts at a variety of reading levels.

Vocabulary Instruction and Reading Comprehension
Discusses the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading
comprehension and reviews some instructional strategies.

Learning Discoveries
Article explores relationship between Spelling, Writing, Reading and

Metacognition and Reading to Learn
Discusses the implications of metacognition as it relates to an important type
of learning, reading to learn.

How Well Do Tests Measure Real Reading?
Focuses on some issues in reading assessment tests.

Using Newspapers as Effective Teaching Tools
Discusses the use of newspapers as teaching tools.

Critical Thinking: Promoting It in the Classroom
Discusses how teachers can foster the development of critical thinking skills in
the classroom.

Reading Better and Faster
For most people, it is easy to learn to read faster. Your reading rate is often
just a matter of habit. But to begin, you may need to try to change some habits
and try these tips.

Speed Reading Self-Pacing Methods
Speed reading is not magic nor is it a big expensive mystery. Professional speed
reading classes simply teach a handful of easy techniques that help a person
focus his or her attention better.

Read Alouds - Readers Theatre
Readers Theatre is a form of minimalist theatre. Students read from prepared
scripts either adapted from stories or they create their own scripts.

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