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Ch 3: Reading Comprehension Games & Activities

About This Chapter

A great way to help students absorb new information is by playing games. Use the lessons in this chapter to explore various types of games and activities you can use to enhance your English instruction.

Teaching English: Games & Activities - Chapter Summary

This chapter is filled with games and activities to help you teach English to students at various grade levels. as well as adults. Lessons cover games and activities for reading comprehension, vocabulary, the meaning of words, and more. Review them to find the following:

  • Guided reading activities and reading games for grades K-5
  • Second grade through middle school reading comprehension games
  • Vocabulary games for kids and adults
  • Games to learn English and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes activities
  • Homophone and multiple meaning words games and activities

Take advantage of exclusive access to unique games and activities that can enhance your English lessons. Access this chapter during school hours from your computer or mobile devices, or review them at home when working on curriculum.

How It Helps

  • Simplifies lesson planning: The lessons make it easy for you to plan your English units by giving you access to a variety of games and activities you can incorporate into your curriculum.
  • Addresses several grade levels: Games and activities are available that address students at various grade levels as well as adults.
  • Enhances student learning: By incorporating unique games and activities into your English instruction, students can become more engaged, which increases their desire and ability to learn concepts you teach.

Skills Covered

Once you've completed the lessons in this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Strengthen your curriculum with grades K-5 guided reading activities and reading games
  • Utilize second grade through middle school reading comprehension games in the classroom
  • Prepare lessons using vocabulary games for kids and adults
  • Plan for games focused on learning English and activities for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Incorporate homophone and multiple meaning words games and activities into your curriculum

70 Lessons in Chapter 3: Reading Comprehension Games & Activities
Preschool Reading Activities

1. Preschool Reading Activities

Think preschool children are too young to read? Think again. This lesson gives developmentally appropriate activities to serve as the building blocks of early literacy.

Guided Reading Activities

2. Guided Reading Activities

Looking for activities to do during your guided reading groups? This lesson explains the overarching concepts of guided reading and provides ideas to practice accuracy, fluency and comprehension.

Small Group Reading Activities

3. Small Group Reading Activities

Having students work in small groups to improve reading skills is just smart. This lesson gives ideas for activities students can use with your guidance and/or independently during group reading time. These can be used for all skill levels.

Kindergarten Reading Games

4. Kindergarten Reading Games

Looking for fun ways to engage your students while teaching them to read? This lesson gives you game ideas for kindergarten students at all levels, with little prep time needed. Easy set up and clean up means more time for your little ones to learn.

Reading Comprehension Games for Middle School

5. Reading Comprehension Games for Middle School

Need to bring some excitement into your classroom? Don't know how to make reading fun? This lesson describes several ideas for games to help exercise reading comprehension skills.

Halloween Reading Activities

6. Halloween Reading Activities

Halloween is a fun time for kids, and we can bring that fun into the classroom to help our students learn. Check out a few of these ideas for Halloween reading activities you can use in your classroom.

Thanksgiving Reading Activities

7. Thanksgiving Reading Activities

Use Thanksgiving activities to enhance reading skills with your students. This lesson provides several ideas and suggestions for encouraging kids to read and relate to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Christmas Reading Activities

8. Christmas Reading Activities

There are many creative and entertaining ways to create fun reading activities for the Christmas season. Use the tips in this lesson to increase engagement during Christmas time.

Five Finger Retell Reading Strategy

9. Five Finger Retell Reading Strategy

This lesson defines the Five Finger Retell Reading Strategy. It also describes each part of the strategy and shows teachers how to introduce it to their students.

Retelling Activities for Kindergarten

10. Retelling Activities for Kindergarten

Retelling stories is an important skill for young children. Help them build their emerging literacy skills using activities that make retelling fun and engaging with this simple lesson.

Sustained Silent Reading Activities

11. Sustained Silent Reading Activities

Sustained silent reading is common in classrooms all over the world. But, how can sustained silent reading be used to increase engagement overall? These activities are designed to do just that for your students.

Common Core Reading Activities for 2nd Grade

12. Common Core Reading Activities for 2nd Grade

Common Core standards for second grade reading cover specific criteria. Help your students reach all goals using these activities specifically aligned with second grade standards.

Essential Questions for Reading

13. Essential Questions for Reading

The importance of strong reading skills can't be overestimated. This lesson provides teachers with essential questions that need to be considered when helping students develop reading skills.

Book Projects for Middle School

14. Book Projects for Middle School

The classic book report isn't the only way to think about books. We can keep students engaged with book projects. Check out these ideas you can try in a middle school classroom.

Book Projects for High School Students

15. Book Projects for High School Students

If you're tired of the traditional book report, here's a list of alternatives. These book projects for high school students cover a variety of thinking levels, learning styles, and range from low to high tech.

Close Reading Activities

16. Close Reading Activities

Close reading activities are a great way to encourage students to analyze the deeper meaning in a text. This lesson provides teachers with close reading activities that can be used with a wide variety of students.

Making Inferences Games & Activities

17. Making Inferences Games & Activities

Inferences are important in many areas of life: everyday life, science, literature, and more. Help students practice making inferences by implementing one of these games and activities in your classroom.

Drawing Conclusions Games & Activities

18. Drawing Conclusions Games & Activities

Students need practice drawing conclusions regardless of the subject matter being studied. One way to give them this practice is by playing games and involving them in activities. Have fun with some of these games and activities in your classroom.

Bottom Up Reading Activities & Exercises

19. Bottom Up Reading Activities & Exercises

Bottom up reading activities, when used appropriately, can help your learners improve their comprehension of a text. This lesson provides teachers with bottom up reading activities for classroom use.

Top Down Reading Activities

20. Top Down Reading Activities

Top down reading asks students to focus on the meaning of what they are reading rather than on individual words or phrases. This lesson offers some activities that will help enhance your students' top down reading.

Read Aloud Activities for High School

21. Read Aloud Activities for High School

High school students can enjoy a good read aloud just as much as younger children. This lesson offers some ideas for activities that will keep high school students engaged and learning as you read to them.

Problem & Solution Reading Activities for Elementary School

22. Problem & Solution Reading Activities for Elementary School

The problem and solution portion of a story is an important aspect to explore in a unit about story elements. These activity ideas will help your students understand the purpose and structure of as story's problem and solution.

The Lemonade War Activities

23. The Lemonade War Activities

'The Lemonade War' is a book written by Jacqueline Davies about dueling lemonade stands. Use the activities in this asset to bring further meaning to the story.

Context Clues Activities

24. Context Clues Activities

These activities help upper elementary or middle school students practice using context clues to discover the meanings of words. Activities address both reading and writing context clues and can be adapted for group or individual work.

Trapped By The Ice Activities

25. Trapped By The Ice Activities

''Trapped by the Ice!'' tells the real story of an expedition to cross Antarctica. There's a lot that students can learn from this, both in terms of story elements and history. These activities will help you expand upon the reading of this book in your classroom.

The Year of Miss Agnes Activities

26. The Year of Miss Agnes Activities

'The Year of Miss Agnes' by Kirkpatrick Hill is a cleverly written book about a school teacher at a one-room school in Alaska. Use the activities in this asset to help students understand and connect with this story.

The Absent Author Activities

27. The Absent Author Activities

'The Absent Author' is the first in a series of books by author Ron Roy with each book in the series containing a title written with alliteration. Use the activities below to make this book even more fun for young readers.

Underground to Canada Activities

28. Underground to Canada Activities

'Underground to Canada' by Barbara Smucker is about the Underground Railroad used for the escape of slaves prior to the Civil War. The activities in this asset can be used to help students apply meaning during or after reading the story.

Woods Runner Activities

29. Woods Runner Activities

'Woods Runner' by Gary Paulson is a book about a boy who learns to fend for himself as he travels the woods alone in search of his parents. Use the activities in this asset to help students truly connect with this story.

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Activities

30. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Activities

'The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles' is a children's novel by Julie Andrews Edwards about an eccentric professor and three children who travel to Whangdoodleland in search of a Whangdoodle. This asset provides activities to help students understand this novel.

Boom Town Activities for 3rd Grade

31. Boom Town Activities for 3rd Grade

'Boom Town' is a book written by Sonia Levitin about life during the California Gold Rush. Use the activities below, geared for third graders, to help students make connections with the story.

Flying Solo Book Activities

32. Flying Solo Book Activities

'Flying Solo' by Ralph Fletcher is a book about a classroom full of students without a teacher. Use the activities in this asset to make this story come alive for your students.

Max Malone Makes A Million Activities

33. Max Malone Makes A Million Activities

'Max Malone Makes a Million' by Charlotte Herman is a great book about setting out to make money and overcoming obstacles along the way. Use the activities in this asset to encourage student learning.

Old Willis Place Activities

34. Old Willis Place Activities

'Old Willis Place' is a fascinating ghost story with an interesting twist. Use the activities in this asset to help students understand and draw their own conclusions about this book.

Letter T Activities

35. Letter T Activities

One approach to literacy is to teach students about each letter in the alphabet before learning to put words together. In this resource, find a variety of activities for preschool and kindergarten students to complete about the letter T.

Word Sort Activities

36. Word Sort Activities

Do you teach beginning readers? Help your readers gain confidence by practicing word sorting. These word sort activities include both closed and open sorts, group work, and active participation.

Johnny Appleseed Activities

37. Johnny Appleseed Activities

John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, is best known for his endeavors to plant apple trees across the country. Use the activities below to accompany a lesson or unit on this famous American.

Digraph Activities

38. Digraph Activities

Digraphs are a difficult concept for students because they are the introduction to words that do not follow traditional phonics rules. The activities in this asset offer fun, collaborative and independent activities for digraph practice.

Pumpkin Writing Activities

39. Pumpkin Writing Activities

Is it pumpkin spice season? Check out some pumpkin writing activities to go with your pumpkin latte and your pumpkin muffin. These activities for elementary or middle school include informational writing, short stories, descriptive writing, and persuasive writing.

Text Feature Activities for Middle School

40. Text Feature Activities for Middle School

Help students analyze text features by conducting these partner and team activities. Students will have the chance to carefully preview text features to predict content; they'll be able to add their own text features as well.

Authentic Reading Activities

41. Authentic Reading Activities

These activities will encourage your middle or high school students to engage with texts in a new way. In these exercises, students tackle a variety of text types, read with purpose, and share their learning with an authentic audience.

The Lemonade War Discussion Questions

42. The Lemonade War Discussion Questions

'The Lemonade War' by Jacqueline Davies is a fun early elementary novel that contains some thought-provoking concepts. Invite your students to consider this book more carefully using these discussion questions.

Letter A Activities

43. Letter A Activities

These letter 'A' activities give preschool and kindergarten students practice in forming the letter 'A,' using the long and short vowel sounds, finding the letter 'A,' and finding the initial 'A' sound.

Letter B Activities

44. Letter B Activities

Learning the letters of the alphabet is one of the most foundational aspects of school. In this resource you will find a variety of activities to teach pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students about the letter B.

Letter C Activities

45. Letter C Activities

This asset offers fun, engaging, and physically active games and activities to help your students learn about the letter C. Individual and collaborative activities that involve creativity, activity, and competition are included.

Letter D Activities

46. Letter D Activities

This asset offers active games and a focus on fine motor skills to help your students learn about the letter D. Activities focus on both the formation of the letter and recognizing its sound in words.

Letter E Activities

47. Letter E Activities

To build literacy skills, it can be helpful for students to work through the alphabet one letter at a time. These activities are all focused around the letter E.

Letter F Activities

48. Letter F Activities

'F' is for fun! These fun letter 'F' activities will aide you in teaching beginning readers how to read and write the letter 'F' using a variety of games.

Letter G Activities

49. Letter G Activities

The letter G can be pronounced very differently in different words, and the rules aren't always consistent. These activities will help students practice using G words and develop sound associations.

Letter H Activities

50. Letter H Activities

The letter H is the focus of the activities offered in this asset. The asset includes multiple activities that use fine and gross motor skills to accentuate knowledge acquisition.

Letter I Activities

51. Letter I Activities

The letter I can be difficult for students, consider the many sounds it can make. These activities will help your early to middle elementary students build/develop literacy skills by focusing on this letter.

Letter J Activities

52. Letter J Activities

Working on single letters can be a good way for students to practice literacy skills. These activities give your students unique ways to build up their familiarity with the use of the letter J.

Letter K Activities

53. Letter K Activities

One of the most important academic lessons in the preschool or kindergarten classroom is exposure to the letters of the alphabet. In this activities asset, you will find activities to help your students learn about the letter K.

Letter L Activities

54. Letter L Activities

Teach your students about the letter 'L' with these multi-sensory learning activities. Activities include collages, sentence building, fine motor, gross motor, and interactive activities.

Letter M Activities

55. Letter M Activities

By focusing on a single letter, students can practice literacy skills in a concentrated way. These activities will give students creative and unique ways to explore literacy skills.

Letter N Activities

56. Letter N Activities

Are you teaching students one letter at a time? These letter 'N' activities include games, a survey, and a scavenger hunt, and they tackle both initial sounds and letter formation.

Letter O Activities

57. Letter O Activities

When introducing students to the letter O, you want them to be able to identify the letter and the sound it makes. These activities will help your preschool aged students learn everything they need to know about O.

Letter P Activities

58. Letter P Activities

As you work through the alphabet, students will be ready for new letter activities by the time you reach the end. This resource provides exciting activities for your preschool students based on the letter P.

Letter Q Activities

59. Letter Q Activities

These activities will give your students chances to work with the letter Q, exploring its sounds and uses in language as well as the differences between capital and lower case letters.

Letter S Activities

60. Letter S Activities

One way to approach teaching early learners about the alphabet is by introducing one letter at a time. In this resource, you will find activities for preschool and kindergarten students to help them learn about the letter S.

Letter U Activities

61. Letter U Activities

These creative and unique activities will give your students new ways to develop familiarity with the appearance and uses of the letter U in the English language.

Letter V Activities

62. Letter V Activities

Of all the letters in the alphabet, V is one of the simplest and most consistent. These activities will give students a chance to practice listening for, saying, and using words that contain this letter.

Letter W Activities

63. Letter W Activities

Having a variety of activities to help early learners master each letter is a great way to keep your preschool or kindergarten classroom fun and engaging. In this resource, you will find several activities about the letter W.

Letter X Activities

64. Letter X Activities

The letter X is not one that students see as regularly as others. These activities will help increase their exposure to this letter and give them chances to practice using it.

Letter Y Activities

65. Letter Y Activities

These creative and unique activities will help your students develop greater familiarity with the appearance, sounds, and uses of the letter Y in the English language.

Letter Z Activities

66. Letter Z Activities

These activities are designed to help your students develop their knowledge of Z-words and engage in literacy skills in new ways. By taking this letter-at-a-time approach, you can get students thinking about literacy in new ways.

Listening Comprehension Activities

67. Listening Comprehension Activities

Listening comprehension is an essential communication skill for students to learn. The following activities support teachers in planning lessons related to listening comprehension.

Nonfiction Comprehension Activities

68. Nonfiction Comprehension Activities

Nonfiction reading is sometimes more difficult for students as it requires processing a great deal of information. These activities support students who are developing reading comprehension skills with nonfiction texts.

Visual Comprehension Activities

69. Visual Comprehension Activities

Visual comprehension uses pictures, graphs, visualization, advanced organizers, and other visual mediums as sense-making tools. This asset contains visual comprehension activities for students of various ages.

Reading Warm-Up Activities for Middle School

70. Reading Warm-Up Activities for Middle School

Use these team activities to get your middle school students warmed up and ready to read. Each activity includes a detailed description and list of materials to help you easily implement the ideas in your classroom environment.

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