How to Effectively Increase Reading Comprehension

I am so excited to share with you “A Look Inside” Comprehension kits today.  These resources have transformed my teaching of reading. It has allowed me to effectively teach reading consistently across my whole group and small group lessons.  With the flexibility of the materials and options for differentiating, I can use the materials with all levels of readers. The best part is having the materials in one place, within my reach, and ready to teach!
Each kit includes 4 main components: a lesson plan, interactive reference posters, mini-lesson materials, and graphic organizers. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these.

Comprehension Lesson Plans

Each lesson plan follows the “I do, we do, you do” format. It includes details about how to use the mini-lesson materials and interactive reference posters. It was intended to be generic enough to be applicable to various groups of learners but specific enough to use to adapt to your own lesson planning. Need mentor text suggestions? Check out my list of recommendations here.

Reference Posters

Included in Comprehension Kits are reference posters. They have essential skill information in kid-friendly language with bright and colorful illustrations. These are perfect for introducing the skill and keeping it handy during whole group and small group lessons to refer back to.

Mini-Lesson Materials

Next are the mini-lesson materials. These interactive posters serve multiple purposes. They make for an engaging and purposeful mini-lesson. But, they can also be used as a reference poster, too! What I love about these posters is that they can be used and reused to review the skill with students who need that extra exposure. I laminate the posters and attach Velcro dots so that the components can be attached over and over again!
In this interactive reference poster activity, students sort book covers (some real, some faux) to decide what the author’s purpose may be! This Author’s Purpose comprehension kit includes a scoot activity that mirrors the mini-lesson for extra practice!

Graphic Organizers

I think my favorite component of Comprehension Kits are the versatile options for applying the skill through the use of graphic organizers. Each kit comes with 8-12 graphic organizer options. I send them off to the copy shop at the beginning of the year and stick the class sets in the kits so they are ready to go when I am ready to teach!
The graphic organizers are perfect to pair with any book whether you are using the mentor text whole group or students are practicing using texts at their independent level.
My MOST favorite thing about Comprehension Kits is that they can be paired with any text! I supplemented our district’s ELA curriculum texts with so many wonderful picture books. There’s nothing I love more than finding a book that aligns well with teaching one of the comprehension skills. I’ve curated a list of all of my favorite mentor texts for teaching each skill!
Grab this FREE list of mentor texts to use for each reading comprehension skill. It also includes a scope and sequence to help you plan! —> FREE Mentor Text List
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