Learning to read is a huge accomplishment for students. Going from needing help with books to being able to read it by themselves is a big deal! Sometimes, however, actually comprehending what they are reading can be a little more challenging.
It is important to know how to read, but it is even more important for them to understand what they are reading. It is not only an absolutely necessary life skill, but it can open up a whole new world and encourage a love of reading.
Here are some strategies that you can use to help your students achieve reading comprehension and fluency.
- Find books your students will love. Finding the right book can make all the difference when students are learning to read. Books that they will enjoy will inspire them to put in the work and understand the words they are reading.
- Read aloud. Encouraging students to read out loud can get them plenty of practice reading and it can also help you identify where they might be struggling.
- Use metacognitive strategies. These can be great for increasing reading comprehension. For instance, pausing while reading aloud to ask the student to vocalize their thoughts can help them to understand what they are trying to comprehend.
- Reread sections that are confusing. Making sure to revisit difficult sections until they understand is important. It can help better identify where they are struggling and work together to understand.
- Use a ruler or finger to follow along. Helping students stay on track while reading can help them follow along with the story and decrease the risk of confusion.
- Write down words you don’t know. Writing it down and working on it will help them better remember it in the future.
- Discuss what the child has just read. Having a discussion can help the student think through what they just read and also help you point out areas they might be struggling in.
- Recap and summarize the main points. This will be great practice for students working on their comprehension.
- Reading passages and answering questions. Find some fun and engaging reading comprehension activities for your students to practice with.
Great news, I created some fun activities to help with this!
These reading comprehension activities are perfect for helping students get more practice and achieve fluency. They are set up through Google Classroom so they are distance learning friendly. These include written instructions, listening options, drag to complete the sentence activities, word families, and 20 reading comprehension passages and questions.
Want more information on reading comprehension? Check out my post here to learn more about my strategies.
Do you have any strategies for helping your students with reading comprehension? I would love to hear in the comments!