Activities to Promote Reading Comprehension

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I come from a family of readers. For us, there is not much that is better than curling up on the couch and losing ourselves in a good book. I would be very happy if all the children in my world also learned to love reading. In order to enjoy reading the children should enjoy some fluency and have good reading comprehension. 

Activities to Promote Reading Comprehension


Ways to Promote Reading Comprehension:

Before Reading: 

You can do a simple activity related to the book. For instance, if your child likes to read The Magic Tree House books do a companion activity before reading the book.

Talk about what the book is about.

Preview any new or difficult vocabulary words.

Talk about structure words: Who, What, Where, Size, Shape, Number, Mood, When, Color, Why and How.

While You Read:

Use the structure words to ask questions and guide the child’s answers.

Guide the child to pay attention to key words, such as sequencing words or words that repeat in the text.

Ask questions as you read. Start with simple questions that are easily answered by the text that was just read. Move on to inference questions like, “What do you think will happen next?”, “How would you feel if that happened to you?” or “Why do you think the character did that?”

Ask the child to sequence the events as you read.

Ask the child to summarize what has happened so far in the book.

Have the child draw pictures about what they are reading.

After You Read:

Make a story map. Include beginning, middle and end in the story map.

Have the child retell the story in their own words.

Do a companion art activity.

Ask the child what the author’s purpose is for this book. Is it informative, persuasive or entertaining?

Have the child review the book. Did they like the book? If so, why and what parts were their favorite? Is there something that they would change about the book?

Act out a scene from the book.

Reading Comprehension Treasure Hunt

In order to make reading comprehension more fun we like to play games.


We used the new Dyslexie font for this reading comprehension game hoping that it would make reading it easier. Tell us how your readers respond to this font. We are very curious to know what people think.

More Reading and Writing Activities:

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  1. I am an avid reader, so far it looks like my oldest boy is as well, but we are working on my grade 1 daughter. I love your ideas and will be downloading your game. Thanks for linking up at Favorite things Friday!


    1. Thanks for hosting Favorite Things Friday. We hope you enjoy the game. We did!


  2. I really encourage reading with my son. Something that works best to make him Want to read is to let him ‘stay up later’ to read before bed. About 15-20 minutes a night. I ask him, which sometimes means, make him read to me while I cook dinner too.


    1. It’s true, we need to do whatever works.


  3. Spot oon with this write-up, I absolutely feel this website needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more,
    thanks for the info!


  4. I love the suggestions. One of my kids still has difficulty with reading comprehension. These will help! thanks!


  5. Great tips! As a teacher I know how important reading with your kids can be! Glad to read such great advice from MossWood Connections.


  6. Love these activities! I always did a story map when I was teaching and now I can do them with my daughter.


  7. All the wonderful tips here! I love the creativity of “What would you change about this book?”


    1. Thanks, we like to encourage children to think for themselves rather than just being “consumers”.


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