Reading Comprehension K-6

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

General Lessons

Reading Comprehension
http://www.rhlschool.com/reading.htm
Free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents to copy for their kids.

Comprehension Worksheets
http://www.edhelper.com/ReadingComprehension.htm
Texts and worksheets on various themes for K - 6.

Kickball Comprehension
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LAPEReadingComprehensionByKickball-KinestheticLearning312.htm
Integrate softball into an interactive outdoor lesson.

Inferring Character Traits
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0002.html
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
http://www.proteacher.com/cgi-bin/outsidesite.cgi?external=http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/
printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Whole_Language/
WLG0007.html&original=http://www.proteacher.com/070167.shtml&title=Story%20Pyramid
This is a strategy to help students with comprehension. 
Could be used for character traits and relationships with other characters.

Fun Reading Comprehension
http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Akgun-ReadingComp.html
Fun ideas for Reading Comprehension

Kinder, Year 1 and 2 Lessons

Cyber Guides
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyk3.html
Units of work based on texts.

Best Practices Portfolio
http://www.osr.state.ga.us/bestprac/language/ll_toc.htm
Ideas for expressive and receptive language acquisition for Kindergarten.

Book Sorting
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=145
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
http://www.learnnc.org/learnnc/LessonP.nsf/0/DCC96AC92544F09885256BC1006A4FC3?OpenDocument
WebQuest for grade 1.

The Buses of Sunnydown Garage
http://www.sunnydownbuses.com/
Stories, illustrations and site activities conceived by Ray Arber.

Giant Story Problems: Maths
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=146
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
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=156
This lesson details the five expressive and performative engagements for responding 
to text, as identified by Lawrence R. Sipe.

Sequencing
http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Process_Skills/LPS0201.html
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
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=152
Through a weekly poem, students explore meaning, sentence structure, rhyming words, 
sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts.

Comparing Tales through Reading and Performance
http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/
curriculum.cfm?curriculum_id=15000509&mode=full
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
http://www.abcteach.com/directory/reading_comprehension/k2/
Fictional and Informational Comprehension worksheets.

Responding to Literature
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=87
This lesson invites students to respond to literature by challenging them to 
predict and illustrate the ending of a story.

Do the Opposite
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0032.html
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
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0021.html
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
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0020.html
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
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=42
Students work together in small groups to read, discuss, and analyse fairy tales.

Mystery Pictures: Following Oral Directions
http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Listening_Comprehension/LST0003.html
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
http://www.cusd220.lake.k12.il.us/LI/PAGES/JRATAJ%20WEB%20SITE/RATAJ/webquest.htm
Students embark on a search for story elements in several online books and stories.

Reading Exercises
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/reading/index.htm
Interactive quizzes online for 6 stories. Also quizzes on sequencing 
summarization of each story.

Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=123
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
http://www.schools.net.au/edu/lesson_ideas/dinosaurs/dino_primary.html
Dinosaur Task Cards develops reading, writing, numeracy and comprehension 
skills across the learning areas for lower to middle primary students.

Comprehending Nonfiction Text
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=98
This lesson identifies three skills, identifying text features of 
nonfiction text in a Web format, locating specific information, and generalizing
information.

Literature Circles: Getting Started
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=19
Introduces the four jobs in Literature Circles: Discussion Director, 
Literary Luminary, Vocabulary Enricher, and Checker.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LAGoldilocks5WsH13.htm
Students will seek answers to the 5 Ws + H: who, what, when, where, why and how.

Listening & Reading Comprehension
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0003.html
Students use the newspaper to improve student listening and reading comprehension skills.

Year 5 and 6

Lessons

Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=139
Through this lesson, the teacher will model the think-aloud strategy for students.

Comprehension With A Difference.
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LATeachingComprehension-Method57.htm
Unit of work with some different ideas for comprehension.

Student Contracting
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=141
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
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/moderncities/q.html
Students learn to understand the relationship between aspects of 
ancient city life and life in modern cities.

Super Reading Comprehension
http://www.reading-comprehension-expert.com/reading-lesson-plans.html
Set of reading lesson plans that develop strong reading comprehension.

The Big, Bad Wolf . . . Is This a Fact?
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=110
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
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-2680.html
Students will practice their reading comprehension skills by learning how to summarize.

Ancient Egypt
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/ancienttimes/q.html
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
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=41
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
http://www.internetix.fi/opinnot/opintojaksot/8kieletkirjallisuus/
kielet/englanti4/lesson8.htm
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
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson121.shtml
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?
http://reading.uoregon.edu/instruction/instruc_comp.php
General framework and ideas for teaching comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/bibs/rdcompel.html
Materials intended to provide an introduction to reading comprehension 
instructional strategies for the primary level.

Guided Reading - The Comprehension block
http://208.183.128.8/read/gr/index_files/v3_document.html
Powerpoint presentation workshop about Guided Reading.

Guided Reading within the Literacy Hour
http://www.era-publications.com.au/paper_Guided.html
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
http://www.askeric.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/
Language_Arts/Reading/RDG0016.html
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
http://www.reading.org/focus/comprehension.html
Article on correlation between vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension.

Increasing Comprehension by Activating Prior Knowledge
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d61.html
Discusses how to use students\' background knowledge to increase reading
comprehension.

Exploring On-Line Tools and Activity Databases that Enhance Reading Comprehension
http://www.lite.iwarp.com/tools2.html
Online tools that teachers are using to construct original classroom 
literacy activities that enhance reading comprehension.

Collaborative Strategic Reading
http://www.ncset.org/teleconferences/transcripts/2002_09.asp
Strategy for improving Reading Comprehension skills.

Reading Comprehension
http://www.literacy.uconn.edu/compre.htm
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
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d126.html
Discusses the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading
comprehension and reviews some instructional strategies.

Learning Discoveries
http://home.iprimus.com.au/rboon/RelationshipBetweenReading.htm
Article explores relationship between Spelling, Writing, Reading and
Comprehension.

Metacognition and Reading to Learn
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d96.html
Discusses the implications of metacognition as it relates to an important type
of learning, reading to learn.

How Well Do Tests Measure Real Reading?
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d41.html
Focuses on some issues in reading assessment tests.

Using Newspapers as Effective Teaching Tools
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d35.html
Discusses the use of newspapers as teaching tools.

Critical Thinking: Promoting It in the Classroom
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/ieo/digests/d40.html
Discusses how teachers can foster the development of critical thinking skills in
the classroom.

Reading Better and Faster
http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/speed1.html
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
http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/methods.html
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
http://www.myread.org/guide_theatre.htm
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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