These fiction comprehension activities are designed to be used during your small group instruction. This is a part of our free Small Group Toolkit.
This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.
The link to download the complete, free fiction comprehension activities described in this post can be found below the description of the activities at the bottom.
How will these resources help?
We have created these resources so that you have some go-to comprehension activities and ideas. Using these, you will be ready for any of your small guided reading groups.
Simply print, cut out and laminate the items you feel you might use consistently with your groups and place them close to where you meet with your groups.
Resources within this Fiction Comprehension Collection:
Connection Cards – Use these so students can read and think of different types of connections to share during a discussion of the text. Students will take a card and jot down some words or phrases that will help them to remember their connections.
Making Predictions Board – This poster is a place where students will put Post-its containing their predictions before or during stories in your small group. The predictions can be placed on the poster and then revisited throughout the reading of the story as students can confirm or need to revise predictions.
Author’s Purpose Poster – This poster can be used to help your students understand the different reasons authors might have for writing. After initial instruction on author’s purpose, this poster can be used as a springboard for group discussions or conferences.
Story Spinners – We have created two levels of spinners. Choose the one that is best suited to the text and small group you are working with.
Retelling Ladder – This page is a teaching tool and visual reminder of the things you want students to include in a retell of a story. We believe retells involve more detail than a simple summary, so this ladder can be used to help students remember the parts they should/might include in a retell of a story.
Share Marks – This is a set of 9 bookmarks students can choose to use as they are reading the story independently. Students can mark something funny, exciting, confusing, scary, etc. The idea is that once the group begins discussing the text, the students can turn in the books to their share marks to talk about various parts of the text. (We have left one of the bookmarks blank so that you can add your own share mark.)
“My Share” Cards – Use these Share Cards as a way to spark discussions in your small groups. Choose the ones that work well with the story you are reading. Place them face down in a stack. Each student chooses a card before reading and then must be prepared to answer the question during a discussion about the text.
Story Summary Sentence Frames – Teaching students how to summarize stories can be difficult. Many students end up retelling the story and details, when we want them to be more general in their descriptions for summaries. So we want to begin our teaching of summarizing by simplifying the skill as much as possible. Use these frames in your initial teaching of summarizing. Model the sentence frames with several stories together to help students understand the difference between a retelling and a summary. Two different formats are provided for your modeling.
Story Details Bookmarks – This is a set of five simple bookmarks that students can use as they read to signify & mark various story elements in the text. They can simply put the bookmarks into their books in order to share during a conference or you can have them write more specifics about the story elements on the bookmarks.
I’m Stuck! – When we are working our way around our small groups to read with specific students, we want the rest of the group to be engaged in reading. Unfortunately, if students run into problems that can be difficult as they attempt to get our attention for help. We have created this chart to give students reminders of what they might do until the teacher can help. Read and discuss the chart with your groups so they have a clear understanding of what to do when they get “stuck” and the teacher is busy with another child. (We have also provided a blank chart so that you and your groups can develop your own norms if you wish.)
Reading Job Cards – These jobs are meant to set a purpose for student reading. They can also be a guide for a discussion after reading. Choose the cards that suit the story and students you are working with.
You can download the complete, free collection here:
You will find our complete small group toolkit collection here: Small Group Toolkit
If you haven’t used highlighter tape like this, we highly suggest you check it out! It is great for when you want your students to highlight but they are using real books. (affiliate link)