Need a Boost to Reading Comprehension Activities in Your Classroom?
If your goal is to improve reading comprehension activities in your classroom, then you must engage your students in activities that will boost their ability to comprehend texts. The first step to improving comprehension in your classroom is to provide students with a variety of engaging books that are properly leveled and appeal to a wide range of student interests.
When planning reading comprehension activities, consider including students when building your classroom library. Invite them to bring books from home and give book talks about the reasons why they enjoy the book. Take a trip to the school library. Ask each student to choose one book that they would like to share with a friend in the classroom. Upon returning to the classroom, provide them with an opportunity to write a letter to the person they selected the book for. Tell them to include the book title, their favorite part and the reasons why they selected the book for their friend.
You might also develop reading comprehension activities based on identifying a book’s genre or theme. For example, begin by studying several genres. You might choose genres that align with your district’s curriculum or books that might serve as mentor texts for your writing units of study. Then divide students into teams. Provide them with a basket of books. Challenge them to identity the genre of each book. The team that is able to identify the most genres correctly wins.
It is also important to provide readers with independent reading comprehension activities. One way to do this is to invite readers to write about their reading. Give each student in your classroom a reader’s notebook. Invite them to decorate their notebook with covers of favorite books or author’s names. Then teach students how to respond to books and other texts in a variety of ways. For example, visualizing is one of the simple reading comprehension activities. Allow students to choose a page from one of the books they are reading. Provide them with a blank piece of paper and encourage them to draw a picture of the mental images they made while reading the text. Next invite students to label their drawings using specific words for the text to explicitly connect the text to their mental image.
As a final idea for reading comprehension activities, consider finding younger book buddies for your students. Pair with a teacher in your building. Allow your students to read easier books to younger readers. Encourage them to retell the book with the younger students – identifying the main characters, the main events, the problem, solution and the author’s message. As an added bonus, your students will build fluency and confidence through reading easier texts to their book buddies.