Reading Comprehension Strategies

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The Crab that Played with the Sea
The Crab that Played with the Sea
Worksheet
The Crab that Played with the Sea
Introduce your little reader to some classic childhood literature, with Rudyard Kipling's charming story "The Crab That Played with the Sea."
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Literature 1
Literature 1
Guided Lesson
Literature 1
This literature lesson guides kids towards a deeper understanding of second grade texts through an exploration of character, setting, and plot. Kids will be challenged to answer the who, what, where, when and why of a story, in addition to determining the story's message. Two versions of the same story will be presented in order for second graders to see story elements in action.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast Short Stories
By fourth grade, most students are familiar with story elements such as setting, characters, and plot. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the elements in two stories with similar themes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Answering "Why" Questions
Answering "Why" Questions
Lesson Plan
Answering "Why" Questions
Teach your students how to use specific vocabulary as they answer questions. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Questions that Gauge Comprehension* lesson plan.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
Lesson Plan
Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings
This lesson will help your students use sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. Students will enjoy learning about maps and figuring out tricky words along the way!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Plant Parts
Plant Parts
Workbook
Plant Parts
Explore the parts of a plant and the stages of life it goes through. Then try your hand at germinating seeds as you introduce your little bud to important plant processes like photosynthesis.
1st grade
Science
Workbook
The History of Chocolate
The History of Chocolate
Worksheet
The History of Chocolate
This Hispanic Heritage Month, learn the history of chocolate and try your hand at a historical recipe.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
Worksheet
The Three Little Pigs
Read this charmingly illustrated story of "The Three Little Pigs" then use the finger puppets to retell it!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Life Cycle of a Plant
Life Cycle of a Plant
Worksheet
Life Cycle of a Plant
Little gardeners, get to know your plants! See the cycle of a plant from its birth to adulthood, and read a bit about photosynthesis too.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Three Billy Goats Gruff Comprehension Quiz
Three Billy Goats Gruff Comprehension Quiz
Game
Three Billy Goats Gruff Comprehension Quiz
Kids put their comprehension skills to work in this interactive Three Billy Goats Gruff quiz.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Game
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Three Little Pigs: 5 W's Reading Comprehension
Three Little Pigs: 5 W's Reading Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Three Little Pigs: 5 W's Reading Comprehension
This lesson focuses on reading comprehension by answering the 5W's about the story, The Three Little Pigs.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary in Focus
Vocabulary in Focus
Workbook
Vocabulary in Focus
This workbook builds reading comprehension by reinforcing vocabulary with word puzzles, homophones and a few quick reading pages.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
This exercise gives your student practice identifying a main idea and supporting details in short texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Learning About Cause and Effect!
Learning About Cause and Effect!
Lesson Plan
Learning About Cause and Effect!
Help your students understand what cause and effect looks like in everyday situations! This hands-on, engaging lesson plan allows students to examine cause and effect in their own lives as well as fictional text!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Can Giraffes Dance?
Can Giraffes Dance?
Lesson Plan
Can Giraffes Dance?
Get students moving with this fun activity! After reading a story about a giraffe trying to dance, students will come up with their own dances for the giraffe to do—all while practicing using adjectives!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Read and Review: Summer Vacation
Read and Review: Summer Vacation
Worksheet
Read and Review: Summer Vacation
Students will read and answer questions about the Bradley familyÃs summer vacation. Kids will learn the importance of paying close attention to their reading.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Elements of Poetry
Elements of Poetry
Lesson Plan
Elements of Poetry
Introduce your students to some of the major structural elements of poetry in this comprehensive lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Super Sequencing!
Super Sequencing!
Lesson Plan
Super Sequencing!
Teach your students about sequencing with this creative language arts lesson. After putting events in order and drawing their own stories, kids will be pros at using the words "first," "next," "then," and "last."
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Conclude a Story
Conclude a Story
Lesson Plan
Conclude a Story
Good storytelling always includes a great ending! Your students will learn academic vocabulary and add their own conclusion to a short story. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Write Your Own Ending lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Text Features and Their Purposes
Text Features and Their Purposes
Lesson Plan
Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Frederick Douglass
Use this reading passage to practice reading comprehension with your learners.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Game
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Kids show off their reading comprehension skills with this quiz, written to recall details from the informational text Flightless Birds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Reading Fluency: Apple Picking
Reading Fluency: Apple Picking
Worksheet
Reading Fluency: Apple Picking
Help your students practice reading fluently with this passage with exactly 100 words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Whether your students want to communicate to pen pals their age or adults, these resources will build their confidence and ability to write. When they get the hang of it, they can hone their grammar skills with our grammar resources.
While personal writing offers a bit of freedom for students to express themselves, functional writing is a much more formal process. The pieces students will be expected to write will be expected to serve a purpose.

There are different types of pieces that fall into the category of functional writing. Some of them are:
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Reviews
  • Instructions
  • Competition entries
  • Proposals
When teaching your students functional writing, there are six requirements you should make them aware of:
  1. Use appropriate language. Casual phrases or slang terms are not acceptable in functional writing.
  2. Know your audience. Understand who you expect to read it and write with them mind.
  3. Know your purpose. Why are they writing this piece? What are they hoping to convey to the audience. Keeping this in mind will keep them focused and prevent drifting.
  4. Know the standards. Make sure the piece that you are writing conforms to accepted standards for that type of writing.
  5. Adhere to the appropriate punctuation and grammatical rules. A functional piece must convey professionalism. Errors will quickly erode the confidence the reader has in the piece.
  6. Stay relevant. The audience is reading this piece because you are trying to convey something to them. Staying on topic will help keep them invested in what you are trying to tell them.
Functional writing could be a step outside comfort zones of students who have recently become accustomed to the freedom personal writing allows them. Becoming comfortable using some of the resources provided above by Education.com may help them be able to write functionally in the future.