Reading Comprehension

1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 1st grade reading comprehension worksheet activities below are coordinated with the 1st grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each part can be used separately. The worksheets include first grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. There are 36 weeks of first grade worksheets, following most … [Read more...]

2nd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 2nd grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 2nd grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each part can be used separately. The worksheets include second grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words) also includes a … [Read more...]

Reading Comprehension Tips For Parents – Strategies You Can Use At Home

Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. It’s almost impossible to overestimate the tremendous impact parents have on their child’s reading success. Throughout the first years of school, teachers are helping your child develop reading skills that will enable him or her to become a proficient reader. But make no mistake, learning to read takes practice, practice and more … [Read more...]

Content Area Reading And The Importance Of Skillful Reading Comprehension

What was the last thing you read before you began reading this article? Was it a chapter in a novel? A recipe? An analytical report? Your favorite blog? Though you probably didn’t realize it, you used a certain reading strategy to gather meaning based on the genre of the text. For instance, reading a novel employs a different skill set than what you may use to read a technical … [Read more...]

Reading Comprehension and Higher Order Thinking Skills

When children first learn to read, much of their effort is focused on decoding and pronouncing each word correctly. While this kind of phonetic interpretation is essential, in order to become proficient readers students have to be able to understand the meaning of what they read. This not only requires comprehension skills but ultimately good thinking skills.  As students grow into mature … [Read more...]

Reading Comprehension and Fluency

Though you may not be familiar with the technicalities of reading fluency, you probably know a fluent reader when you hear one. They have the ability to read smoothly, with intonation and expression, and at the same speed you would use when talking.  They are a joy to listen to, yet many adults and even more children have yet to become proficient in fluent reading. But that could change.  Once … [Read more...]

The Importance of Reading Comprehension

Imagine your employer has just handed you an important document to read and tells you he expects a summary of the material on his desk by tomorrow. You take a look and see it is written in a language totally foreign to you. After your initial confusion, you may try to make some sense of it and scan the document. While you may be able to phonetically decipher the words and sound them out, that’s … [Read more...]

3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 3rd grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 3rd grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each part can be used separately. The worksheets include third grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words) also includes a … [Read more...]

4th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 4th grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 4th grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each can be used separately. The worksheets include fourth grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling curriculum) also includes a … [Read more...]

5th Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 5th grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 5th grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each can be used separately. The worksheets include fifth grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words) also includes a … [Read more...]

Winter Reading and Writing Activity

Brrrr....winter is here and it’s cold outside!  What better way to bring winter fun into a warm classroom than reading a good story and then letting creative spirits take charge? This wintertime reading and writing activity, plus a little art thrown in, does exactly that. Materials needed: Frosty the Snowman plus one other book about snowmen - one students aren’t likely to be familiar … [Read more...]

Poetry Activity For Reviewing Parts of Speech – Designing Diamantes

Once students have learned parts of speech such as nouns, verb forms, and adjectives, a fun and cumulative review can incorporate poetry – specifically diamante poems. A diamante poem is a poem consisting of seven lines that take the shape of a diamond.  It’s a poem about opposites where the first and last lines are nouns that convey different meanings. Here is an example of a … [Read more...]

What is Reading Comprehension?

Apple banana blue walk tree happy sing. Surely you were able to read each of the words in that sentence and understand what they meant independently. An apple is a fruit that is usually round and red, green or yellow. A banana is another fruit that is yellow. Blue is a color…and so on and so forth. However, when you look at the sentence as a whole, does it make sense? Probably not. This nonsense … [Read more...]

Fostering Reading Comprehension and Retention

One of the most complex mental activities we can engage in is reading. When you look at brain scans taken while the subjects are reading you see many of the areas of the brain lit up with activity. As we read we are simultaneously using our knowledge of sound segments (phonemes)  and the connection between sound and letters (phonics) to make meaning of the text (reading comprehension). This last … [Read more...]

Teaching Kindergarten Reading Comprehension

Beginning reading instruction is an essential part of the kindergarten classroom. Though some students enter school with some basic reading skills, this is a prime period in the children’s development to build the foundation for reading. Kindergarten teachers and parents should focus on all three of the pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics and reading comprehension.  This article … [Read more...]