Comprehension Strategy Instruction: Questioning

3rd - 5th

Providing learners with a solid armory of reading strategies is a good way to help them build better reading comprehension. The teacher will model how to use a questioning checklist to better understand what she is reading. Pupils will then practice this skill through independent reading and guided practice. A questioning checklist, "I Wonder" bookmark, and "I Wonder" statement sheet is included. These are great tools that can be applied to both fiction and non-fiction texts.

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2 hrs

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm - "The Fisherman and his Wife"

Help young readers learn to read and interpret complex text independently. Teach young children to ask interpretive questions and use the text itself to answer them. Use art, word play and drama to provide a deeper understanding of stories. Richly detailed, the scripted five-day plan uses an annotated version of Grimms’ The Fisherman and His Wife to teach these essential skills. A great resource.


Drop everything and check out this amazing resource! It includes everything a teacher would need to teach a child how to summarize text and compose written summaries. It begins with goals and vocabulary and then provides page after page of research-based and evidence-based strategies that are proven to effectivly teach comprehension through summarization, sequencing, plot events, key details, and main ideas. Also included are graphic organizers, story maps, and worksheets that can be printed and used in conjunction with each outlined teaching strategy. Fantastic!

Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth lesson of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text as they look at the relationship between the bullfrog and other animals in its habitat. To better understand their reading, students focus on identifying vivid language used in the book and the author's reason for choosing these unique words and phrases. Children practice using context clues to find meaning in unfamiliar vocabulary from their reading, and work in groups to act out the new words for the class. A great differentiated lesson that supports all learners as they continue to read and form understanding of this informational text.

Read-Aloud Lesson: Officer Buckle and Gloria

The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud lesson, children learn to use both the words and illustrations to draw inferences and understand the problems and solutions presented in a book. A graphic organizer and reading comprehension worksheet provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. To extend the lesson, a non-fiction reading passage about service dogs is also included, allowing for the class to make connections between the fictional story and the real world. A great lesson for developing reading comprehension skills in young readers.

Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark Storia Teaching Guide

Teacher guides are wonderful tools with tons of ideas that help you relate content in many different ways. Using the high-interest book, Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark, learners will hone their discussion and reading comprehension skills. Included are vocabulary and comprehension worksheets as well as several wonderful teaching ideas and discussion questions related to the text. Teaching strategies include, compare and contrast, paired reading, critical thinking, and ways to connect text to four other subject areas. Note: I read this book with my first graders and they loved it!

Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies

Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having students create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.

Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle

The sixth lesson in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks students to take notes about the main idea and supporting details of the text, while also focusing on information they can find in the illustrations. Using their notes, learners then answer one multiple choice and two free-response questions to demonstrate their understanding of the content and key vocabulary. Following the short test, pupils complete a self-assessment requiring them to reflect on how well they are meeting the specific learning goals of the unit. This lesson serves as an excellent resource for a teacher looking to determine their class's ability to read and comprehend this story about bullfrogs.

Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions, Main Ideas, and Key Vocabulary about the Bullfro

As your 3rd grade class finishes reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the eighth lesson of this unit helps readers from an understanding of the very specific information on the final page of the book. As with the entire unit, students answer questions by citing evidence from the text as they learn more facts about bullfrogs. Key vocabulary from the story is addressed in an activity where learners create glossaries including their own definitions and illustrations of the different words. A great lesson that furthers young scholars' ability to read and understand informational text.

Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases

In the third lesson from this unit based on the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, learners focus on using specific details from the text-to-answer questions about the habitat of bullfrogs. While reading the text, young scholars are asked to identify vivid language used by the author and explain why they think those words and phrases were chosen. As pupils encounter new and difficult vocabulary, they practice using context clues to determine their meaning. This vocabulary skill is reinforced further as they work in groups to act out the meaning of new words from the text. An excellent combination of reading, writing, and discussion, this resource is comprehensive and includes everything you need as your class continues to investigate the world of the bullfrog.

Plan a Written Response to an Informative Question by Rereading the Text

The first of five videos on writing informative essays delves into creating a plan to approach the task. With a breakdown of the types of questions to ask when completing a close reading, including how to look for important key words, young writers get the tools they need to completely answer questions about a text. 

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