Reading Comprehension Strategies

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Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Game
Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Measurement and Data 2
Measurement and Data 2
Guided Lesson
Measurement and Data 2
Measurement and data in first grade includes such important concepts as comparing the length and weight of two objects using a third object. This guided lesson, designed by curriculum experts, takes students on an exploration of these measurement and data concepts. Once through with the lesson, kids can gain extra practice with measurement and data with the accompanying worksheets.
1st grade
Math
Guided Lesson
All About Katherine Johnson
All About Katherine Johnson
Worksheet
All About Katherine Johnson
Introduce your second and third graders to the inspiring mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson. After reading a short biography, children will use what they've learned to answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
How to Be a Good Friend
How to Be a Good Friend
Lesson Plan
How to Be a Good Friend
We all want to be good friends. But what does this look like? Help students to understand what it means to be a good friend by reading a story, acting out a skit, and creating a friendship picture.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast Jack and the Beanstalk Stories
Compare and Contrast Jack and the Beanstalk Stories
Game
Compare and Contrast Jack and the Beanstalk Stories
Kids compare and contrast two versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, told from two different perspectives, in this interactive quiz.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
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
My Reading Checklist
My Reading Checklist
Worksheet
My Reading Checklist
Help your kindergarten students practice good reading habits by using this handy reading checklist.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Rebus: Reading Comprehension
Rebus: Reading Comprehension
Game
Rebus: Reading Comprehension
In this follow-up comprehension to the Rebus Story, kids answer simple questions to gauge their listening skills.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Lesson Plan
Mad, Sad, Happy, Glad: Character Feelings
Your students will have loads of fun discovering new words and using them describe the feelings of different characters. Featuring No, David! by David Shannon, this lesson will help kids practice reading and writing.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Get Ready for Fifth Grade
Get Ready for Fifth Grade
Workbook
Get Ready for Fifth Grade
This workbook helps kids brush up on key skills and prepares them for the fifth grade curriculum. Worksheets focus on the core subjects of word study, math, reading and writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Worksheet
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
As your students complete this reading comprehension exercise, they will learn about their lungs while practicing active reading skills.
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
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
Parts of the Brain
Parts of the Brain
Worksheet
Parts of the Brain
Why do zombies love brains? Find out with this collection of fun facts and a colorful diagram of the brain.
5th grade
Science
Worksheet
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Game
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Reading for Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
Reading for Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
Worksheet
Reading for Comprehension: Drawing Conclusions
Use this worksheet to help students draw conclusions using text information.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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

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.