I know it can be really tempting to focus 100% on building students’ word reading skills like phonics and phonemic awareness, but research shows it’s also extremely important to develop students’ language comprehension so they can actually understand what they’re reading. And the great news is that building students’ skills can be as simple as asking some of these 20 fun reading comprehension questions each time you read a story aloud to your class!

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Fun Reading Comprehension Questions

There are few things better than settling in with your students to read a good book.  The miraculous way it calms kids down after recess…Their smiles and laughter…The “one more, pleeeeease.”  It’s pure magic.

And while kids are locked into a good story, it’s a great opportunity to build their language comprehension so they learn to think deeply about what’s actually happening.

For instance, before the story, you might ask:

  • What do you think this book is about? What clues did you use to make that guess?
  • What makes you think this book is going to be interesting?
  • What kind of characters do you think will be in the book?

Or during the story, you could pause and say:

 
  • Help me catch up! What has happened so far?
  • If you were the character, what would you do differently?
  • What do you think will happen next? Why?

You could even sprinkle in a few of these questions after the story:

 
  • If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • Would you have ended the book differently? Why?

Having students talk about the books you’re reading will help them learn new vocabulary words and teach them how to think deeply about what is happening as they read.


And just in case your like me and find yourself drawing a blank when you try to think of great reading comprehension questions, I have a simple solution for you:
 
Just print off this list of 20 favorites (below) and keep it in your favorite reading spot! Then pick two or three different questions to ask each time you read together. Easy peasy.
 

You can even print the sheets on colored paper to add a fun pop and make it easy to find!

They work with almost any book under the sun!

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11 Comments

  1. Reading comprehension is so important in a reader

    1. YES! So important!
      Hope these questions are helpful 🙂
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. I tapped the blue button, but nothing happened. The free reading comprehension sheets did not come onto my computer. Thank you.

    1. Hi,
      When you click the blue “Download Here” button, a pop-up should open. You can try checking to make sure your browser isn’t blocking pop-ups from the site or try using a different browser. If you happen to be attempting the download at school, your district’s web filter may be blocking the pop-up. Let me know if you’re not able to get the questions!
      Warmly,
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

    1. Hello,
      When you click the blue “Download Here” button, a pop-up should open. You can try checking to make sure your browser isn’t blocking pop-ups from the site or try using a different browser. If you happen to be attempting the download at school, your district’s web filter may be blocking the pop-up. Let me know if you’re not able to get the questions!
      Warmly,
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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