Reading Comprehension Activities

Choose from nine different reading comprehension activities.

Link to reading comprehension worksheets, lesson plans and games.



Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans

Reading Comprehension Games


These reading comprehension activities will help your students practice and improve their reading comprehension abilities.

1. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Choose a paragraph that contains some difficult words, from one of the reading comprehension worksheets or from a story that your class is exploring.

Write the difficult words on the board.

Ask your students to find the dictionary definition of the words and write them out in their workbooks.

Ask your students to rewrite the paragraph using words that they understand.


2. WANT TO TALK?

Ask your students to do the following.
Take a part of a story that your class is exploring and rewrite it as a conversation.

This works especially well if students work in pairs, choose to write a conversation that may have occurred between two of the characters and then act it out for the class.




3. LET'S LOOK AT THIS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

This is my favorite of the reading comprehension activities.
Ask your students to do the following.
Rewrite the story your class is exploring from the point of view of one of the characters. If it is a long story you can focus on one part of it. Little Red Riding Hood becomes a very different story if it is told by the wolf.

"I saw a small girl wearing a red cape walking through the forest. I know it's not nice, but I hadn't eaten for three days! As you can imagine, I was nearly crazy with hunger."


4. ACTING UP

This works well with lower grades when you are reading a short story or picture book. As characters are introduced, ask individual students to act out what is happening. If you are doing the three little pigs, you should end up with three students cowering in the brick house with a wolf blowing on the outside. The students get really involved and you will find that even the days-dreamers stay on task, which is useful when you want to use the text as a lead into another activity.


5. TAKING IT PERSONALLY

Ask your students to do the following.
Draw the face of one of the character's in one of the reading comprehension worksheetsof the story you are exploring on to an a4 piece of thin card. The face should be as large as possible.
Cut the face out and glue a stick onto the back.

One at a time, students stand at the front of the class holding the mask in front of their face.
Other students ask questions.
The trick is that the student holding the mask must answer the questions in character.
“Little Pig, how did you feel when the Wolf blew your house down?”

“I was terrified, at the time and just ran for my life. Luckily, half the roof fell down in front of the Wolf and scared him, so I was able to run out the back before he noticed. So, I guess really I was very fortunate.”


6) LOOKING AT IT SIDEWAYS

Ask your student to do the following.
Write the name of each character in the story you are exploring sideways down the page.
Use each letter to start a word or phrase that describes the character.

For example : Cinderella

Cute
Interested in princes,
Not happy at home,
Does housework,
Evil step-mother bosses her around,
Rides in a pumpkin coach,
Evil step-sisters take advantage of her,
Likes dancing,
Likes balls,
Afraid of midnight.


7) HOME SWEET HOME

Ask your students to do the following. Choose three characters from the story you are exploring and draw the house they live in. If they all live in the same house then draw their room. Make sure you include personal items that show the individual nature of each character. Here are some things that you could include: a lounge chair and table (show what's on it), bookcase (show what type of books are read), television (show what program is on), kitchen table with food, bathroom (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap), bed with stuffed toys, pets, and garden.


8) GRID WORK

Ask your students to do the following. Write the name of each character in the story you are reading on the far left hand side of your page; use a new line for each character. Now use a ruler to draw 5 columns on the right hand side of the names. This is simple if you just make them the width of the ruler. At the top of the columns write these headings: Lives, Age, Likes, Dislikes, Eats.

Now fill in the grid with the appropriate answers. For example, for the First Pig in the Three Little Pigs, I would write,

Lives - in a stick house, Age - Not sure but fairly young, Likes - building houses and visiting his brothers, Dislikes - wolves, Eats - just about anything.

If you have more room or want to use another page, you can add headings of your own.


9) ALL MIXED UP

Choose 1 or 2 paragraphs from the story your class is exploring and write all of the sentences on the board in a jumbled order. Your students can then write them out, in the correct order, in their workbooks. If you have the time, you could type or write the jumbled sentences onto an A4 piece of paper. Make enough copies for your students so that they can then cut them out, arrange them in the correct order and glue them into their workbooks. If you have a number of bright student in your class you could ask one or two of them to create the jumbled version.

Use these reading comprehension activities to exend your next lesson and strengthen your student's comprehension skills.


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