The Comprehension Strategies Box is a set of six boxes suitable for children aged 6-11+. Each box contains a set of full-colour, differentiated literacy cards designed to support the teaching and learning of nine different comprehension strategies.
These well-researched and proven strategies - predicting, visualising, making connections, questioning, clarifying, summarising, determining importance, inferring and synthesising - are compiled to help teachers unlock their pupils’ reading abilities.
The Comprehension Strategies Box caters for all pupils while learning the same English strategies, with three differentiated reading levels by suggested Lexile® ranges for each strategy, and a placement test provided to ascertain pupils’ starting point.
Lexile® is a tool used to measure a pupil's reading ability and literacy skills. It is a tool for teachers to use to report on pupil progress.
The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a measure of the difficulty of texts. It ranges from 200L to 2000L, with 1000L being the average reading level of an eighth-grade student. As Lexile® is commonly used in most schools, the resources from the Comprehension Strategies Boxes are designed to integrate seamlessly.
The key comprehension strategies covered in this series include:
Each of the comprehension strategies boxes contains 162 cards including duplicate copies to facilitate small group work. Each card has a comprehension strategy printed on it, along with accompanying examples and activities.
Teachers can implement the reading comprehension strategies in a classroom by allowing pupils to work in small groups to complete tasks such as reading stories or articles and then applying the comprehension strategies they have learned. The cards can also be used individually.
What is reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is the ability to understand and interpret written text. It involves making inferences, recognising keywords, and exploring comprehension strategies such as rereading, summarising, and using context clues.
What is included within each comprehension strategy box?
Each box contains:
How do the Comprehension Strategy Boxes assist children with learning?
When teaching comprehension strategies, it is important to find a balance between explicit instruction and giving pupils opportunities to use the strategies on their own. This will allow pupils to develop a better understanding of how to use the strategies, as well as build their own comprehension skills. Each box contains a variety of texts for pupils to read, plus an abundance of interactive activities to help engage pupils in a fun way.
How does The Comprehension Strategies Box support struggling readers?
Teaching comprehension skills is an important part of reading comprehension. The Comprehension Strategies Boxes allow pupils to develop comprehension skills while having fun at the same time! Each box contains teacher resources for three different levels to support struggling pupils and challenge more advanced pupils. This encourages independent thinking and critical analysis in a safe environment that allows children to learn comprehension strategies without feeling rushed or intimidated.
What types of reading texts are included in The Comprehension Strategies Box?
Each Comprehension Strategies Box contains a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and topics including humanities and science. Texts may include short stories, poems, news articles, and more. This variety allows pupils to apply comprehension strategies to a range of different materials that they may come across.