Reading Comprehension Activities for upper elementary: Tips, Tricks and Inspiration for teachers! Many of these pins focus on major reading skills like inferencing, summarizing, using context clues, and identifying main idea, author's purpose and figurative langauge. Guided reading and reading strategies is included here, too!
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Nonfiction Text Structures: Five Posters with Graphic Organizers
These 5 nonfiction text structure posters can be hung in your classroom. They are perfect to use as anchor charts throughout your text structure unit! Informational text structures include description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Each poster includes a description of the text structure and a graphic organizer. This is a great reference tool for students to use throughout the year!
Main Idea PowerPoint
Determining the main idea doesn't have to be boring! Engage your students with this Main Idea PowerPoint activity! It uses the ice cream cone analogy to help students remember how the main idea is reinforced by supporting details. Four practice passages are included. Multiple-choice questions are included for test prep. A companion handout (printable and digital) is also included.
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Alternative Energy Partner Play Scripts
Introduce alternative energy options to your 4th, 5th, or 6th grade students with these seven partner play scripts! Students can work to improve their reading fluency and voice expression with these fun scripts that even your most reluctant reader will enjoy. They are perfect for reading with a partner at school or with a parent at home! Each play also comes with follow-up comprehension questions. Energy types include solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, biomass, and hydroelectric energy!
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Main Idea and Supporting Details Task Cards
These main idea task cards are perfect for helping students master this challenging skill. These are designed for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. It includes 10 nonfiction reading passages. Students are tasked with choosing the main idea, the best title, and a supporting detail.
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Making Inferences for Upper Elementary
Making inferences is a critical skill that must be mastered in order to achieve comprehension while reading. Use these making inferences trifolds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic. They progress from introductory knowledge and short passages in Book 1 to longer passages, including nonfiction, in Books 3 and 4. They can be used with a whole class or with a small group of students who would benefit from a targeted intervention that targets inferencing.
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Sentence Task Cards: Complete, Run-on, or Fragment
Are you finding too many fragments and run-on sentences in your students' writing? Help your students by teaching them what a fragment, run-on, and complete sentence looks like. This set of 32 task cards is particularly engaging because it comes with a gamelike recording sheet. A traditional recording sheet is also included.
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Summarize Fiction Worksheets: 6 Passages with a Poster
Teaching students to use the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" strategy to write a summary requires many practice opportunities! This packet of worksheets features SIX fiction passages. After reading each story, students write a short summary. These passages are perfect for teachers who want to do a scaffolded approach like "I Do, We Do, You Do".
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Main Idea and Supporting Details PowerPoint with Ice Cream Graphic Organizer
Teaching students to identify the main idea and supporting details can be challenging. It doesn't have to be tedious and boring, too! This PowerPoint uses ice cream cone graphics so that students build a meaningful connection that will help them remember and understand how details support the main idea! It features four nonfiction practice passages. With each passage, students identify the main idea, three supporting details, and the best title for the passage. A companion handout is included.
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Have fun reading at home with partner plays!
If getting your child to read at home is a struggle because they think reading is boring, check this out! Here is an at-home reading activity that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy... partner plays that a parent and child can read together! At first, your child will be relieved that they only have to read half the lines. Soon they will be motivated to read them because they are fun! This activity improves fluency and expression- no more monotone voice! Ideal for 4th and 5th graders!
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Nonfiction Text Features Assessment or Worksheets
Being able to identify and use text features is essential to reading and comprehending informational texts. Have your students show what they know with this nonfiction text feature assessment. It consists of four pages, and it can also be used as a worksheet packet. This nonfiction text feature resource contains 22 multiple-choice questions. Some questions require students to identify the text feature, while others require that students use the text feature. Just print and go!
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Introduction to Plot Elements and Plot Diagrams!
Introduce your upper elementary students to plot elements. Use these plot trifolds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction or intervention on this topic. They progress from an introduction to plot terms and the parts of a plot diagram in Book 1 to reading passages and identifying the various plot elements in Books 3 and 4. They can be used with a whole class or with a small group of students who would benefit from a targeted intervention that addresses plot elements.