Comprehension Ideas

What is it?

Comprehension is the reason for reading. Comprehending what is read means that the child understands what he or she has read and is able to communicate it to others.

Reading is an active process requiring us to make meaning along the way. One of the most difficult strategies for students is making inferences and drawing conclusions because it isn't explicitly stated in the text. Below you will find resources to help students learn to infer so they can combine the information that the author has written with that of their own experiences to gain a deeper understanding of the author's message.

Strategies for Teaching Inferences

  • On Target Strategy Booklets - A PDF of strategies for grades 4-12 compiled by South Dakota's Education Service Agencies 6 and 7 with support from the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Inferences and Proficient Readers - This 14 page PDF is full of information about how proficient readers, writers, mathematicians, and researchers use inferences. The document has several strategies to use in the classroom.
  • What is an Inference? - This website explains, in student-friendly terms, what an inference is and gives examples of them.
  • Lesson Plan for K-3 - This lesson from Teacher Vision uses Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears to teach making inferences and drawing conclusions.

Comprehension Resources:

Comprehension Arrows-These arrows can be used during independent reading or guided reading as students encounter text. The colored arrows that you buy at Walmart can be used to mark specific places in the book where they utilized a reading strategy.

Reading Strategies and the Comprehension Strategies-Students can refer to these visuals as they learn to use strategies to decode and comprehend text

Apposition - Sometimes the meaning or definition of the word is right in the sentence between two commas or in a sentence close by. A strategy cardf

Questions Stems - These questions can be used with any book during a read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, or independent reading experience. All of the question stems were based on the state reading assessment.

Questions from Open Court - These questions were created by

Songs for Comprehension - These comprehension songs were shared by ??

Strategy Bookmark- The following bookmark was created by Open Court.

Word Structure Strategy Cards - Word structure strategy cards.

Comprehension Interventions:

Kagan Structures

  • Cooperative learning strategies
  • Kagan website 978-1-879097-34-6

Bal-a-Vis-X How is it used? Balance, vision, and auditory exercises.

FAME model from Boys Town
High Noon Books-where do you get them?
Parallel Episodes