We're all sitting around reading this afternoon, probably just like you are with your kiddos at some point in the day. Whether your brood is reading aloud or having read-to-self time, I know you're wanting your children to work on comprehension.
One sure fire way to increase our children's reading comprehension is to discuss what they're reading by asking questions and requiring them to recall what they read. If he is not able to answer your questions or retell the story, this is an indicator that he's reading a book that is just plain too difficult and should go back a level. Never fear! I am going to share with you some of my tried and true, handy dandy reading comprehension questions which you can start asking your babies today in order to help them work on developing their comprehension.
As a third grade teacher, I was in the heat of reading comprehension season and we were comprehending left and right in science and social studies trade books, fiction and non-fiction and everything we could get our hands on from our 1,000 book + book room in our school- and in an array of reading levels to boot! No matter what levels your children are reading on, you can still use these comprehension building questions!
My comprehension questions bookmarks are available for download here. However, here a few possible questions you can begin asking today!
Questions for Fiction
-What was your book mostly about?
-What did you read about today?
-Who was the story about?
-How did he/she feel?
-When did it happen?
-How did it begin?
-How did it end?
-How was the problem solved?
-Where did your story take place?
-How did you feel when you read it?
-What did you think about it?
-Did your character change at all?
-Why did your character _______?
-Where did he/she go?
-How do you _________?
-What happened first, next and last?
Questions for Non-Fiction
-What was the main idea?
-What was the book mostly about?
-What are three details you remember?
-When does/did this happen?
-How does/did this happen?
-Where does/did this happen?
-Why does/did this happen?
Remember to ask some or all of these periodically after your child reads to himself and when you read aloud with him. Don't forget to download my free bookmarks! For more information about reading comprehension building, check out this article at Reading Rockets here. Let me know what you think about asking comprehension questions.
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