This pack is filled with over 45 fun & engaging comprehension sheets/book extension activities that can be used with any text! These sheets are great to use during guided reading, literature circle time, or even with a weekly anthology story. The book activities are perfect for an end-of-story wrap-up and can be used as a hands-on assessment. The extension activities also lend themselves nicely to oral presentations, as students can share their creations with the class.
There are many skills covered within this pack (see below) and I’ve even included the Character Study Set that I sell separately in my store! This pack was created for second and third grade, but could easily be adapted for advanced first graders, or fourth graders who need extra language arts support.
Below is a detailed description of each page in this file:
UPDATED 2015 with NINE new activities!
-Story Elements Discussion Wheel: Small group activity
-Story Discussion Wheel: Small group activity
-Book Cover of Predictions: Use the cover of a book to write phrases or words to predict what the story is about.
-Title Detective: Predicting plot and characters based on the story’s title.
-Prediction Pyramid: Predicting the story elements.
-Prediction Pathway: Students make predictions during reading.
-Text-to-Text Connection: Practice this skill post-reading.
-Text-to-Self Connection: Practice this skill post-reading.
-Text-to-World Connection: Practice this skill post-reading.
-Connection Cards: Make text-to text, self, and world connections and draw a matching picture (fun-to-read door display!).
-Connection Key Ring: Connection Cards that can be cut and fitted onto a hook, or key ring to keep track of the connections made throughout the year (cute Open House display!).
-Character Conclusions: Drawing conclusions about characters based on evidence from the text.
-Let’s Compare Stories:Venn diagram.
-Let’s Compare Characters: Venn diagram.
-_______ and Me: Venn diagram.
-I Can Infer: Simple chart where students document story clues, plus personal experiences to make inferences.
-Make an Inference: I use this graphic organizer to teach inferring (then I use the “I Can Infer” sheet as an independent activity).
-Vocabulary Quilt: Add three vocabulary words to the quilt, use the dictionary to find the part of speech and definition. Then add a matching picture.
-Word Web: Choose an interesting/new word to find a synonym for, the part of speech, etc.
-Word Web BLANK: This is a blank template so you can designate what the bubbles are to be used for.
-Word Catcher: Find two new/interesting words to add to the footballs. Then, students write what they think the word means, why they chose it, and then the actual definition (great for dictionary practice).
-My Word Log: I use this during literature circle group time, so students can keep track of new/interesting words.
-Burning Questions: Students practice asking questions before, during and after reading a text.
-Question It: Students write down words/phrases that trigger questions in their minds. Then they write the question (great during-reading activity).
-Character Interview: Choose a character from the story to interview.
-Character Predictions: Blank character form to fill in predictions about a main character. Students can add to this during reading too. Makes a great bulletin board display!
-Character Map: Blank map to be used however the teacher decides (I sometimes do character adjectives, character-associated nouns/verbs etc.).
-Character Connection: Students connect to one character from their reading. A self-portrait and character-portrait is included, too.
-Character Sketches: These are great with anthology stories as you meet many different characters within a theme.
-Character Booklet: Students get to make a mini- booklet based on different characters in a book and then illustrate a matching picture.
-Character Profile: This is a great activity to do after students have met a character.
-Character of the Year Class Book Cover: Cover page for creating a class book of “Characters of the Year” – next page.
-Character of the Year Class Book Page: Each student gets to fill out a page for a class book about favorite book characters. This is fun to put out at Open House, and fun for next year’s students to read in the class library.
-_________& Me: Venn Diagram to compare a character to the student.
-Plot-a-pillar: Use this cute caterpillar to plot the main events of the story.
-Plot-a-pillar BLANK: Students get to draw the main events in the caterpillar instead of writing them.
-Main Idea Cabin: Students find the main idea of a story and three supporting details. They can color and design a landscape around the cabin for fun when they finish.
-Summary Street: Students move through the “road” to practice summarizing with transition words “first, next, then, finally, and last.”
-Sum-It-Up: Students design a book cover drawing a collage of the main events. Then next to it, they list the main events in chronological order. Great pre-writing activity for summary writing!
-Fact Finder: Perfect nonfiction activity or practice skill of “taking notes.”
-Let’s Visualize: I LOVE VISUALIZING ACTIVITIES! This page students independently stop at two points in a text and draw what they are “seeing” in their head from the story. Then, they write the page number and a quote from the page that supports their visualization.
-Visualization Hearts: Visualization activity during a teacher read-aloud.
-Visualization Frames: Another visualization activity during a teacher read-aloud, but using picture frames to capture their mental image.
-Fact & Opinion Flower: Students write the name of the book/ author in the center of the flower and then a fact or opinion on each flower petal (labeled).
-Story Bookmark: Students create a bookmark based on their reading. They add the title, characters and favorite part. These are fun to make as gifts to give other students to get them excited about books they have not yet read!
-Story Memory: Students make a memory game based on their reading. They write words (characters, setting, main events) on one card and draw a matching picture on another. Then, they cut the cards to play memory with a partner (Great literature circle group activity!).
-Story Elements Quilt Patch: Students complete and design a quilt patch based on a story. These look awesome if you cut the entire class’s out and glue them to black butcher paper to display!
-Story Elements Quilt Patch BLANK: A blank template so the teacher can choose what belongs in each corner.
-Book Jacket: My students LOVE this activity! They get to design a book jacket based on their reading. Instructions are included on a separate page in this file for the activity.
-Book Mobile: Students make a hanging mobile based on the story elements of their reading. They design a “book” with the title and drawing, and then the four hanging mobile pieces are for the characters, favorite part, problem and solution. This is another great Open House display!
-Letter to the Author/Character: Blank friendly letter template to write the author of the book or the main character.
-Reader’s Response Log: Students respond to the story by writing a short summary, telling about their favorite part, or describing a character. Then they draw a matching picture (I use this as homework to see what students are reading at home).
-EXTRA EXTRA Read This Book!: This is a newspaper article template where students review the book just read.
-A-Z Please!: A fun word association activity (great in partners).
-Alternate Ending: Students get to create a new ending for the story they read and draw a new ending picture.
These activities go perfectly with my Literature Circles: Job Sheets and More!
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