I hope your teaching days are bright and cheerful and full of reading comprehension fun – yes, FUN! If teaching reading comprehension and fun don’t go together for you, things don’t have to stay that way! Read on to start your journey of making reading comprehension a little bit more enjoyable with these eight fun ideas!
8 Ideas for Reading Comprehension Fun
1. Set up a reading scavenger hunt. Give each student a list of questions or tasks related to the text they’re reading, then have them try to find all of the answers. Not only does this get students up and moving, but it makes reading comprehension fun rather than agonizing!
2. Make Cereal Box Book Reports. Provide students with guidelines for creating a unique cereal box book report. They can demonstrate their reading comprehension in a creative way by completing this fun reading project. Check out the details on Cereal Box Book Reports here.
3. Divide students into teams and let them compete against each other in a quiz-style game. Using questions from the text, allow students to have some fun with a little friendly competition to test their comprehension! You could tailor this activity to mimic really any game show! I could definitely see it being done as reading jeopardy.
4. Develop an interactive role-playing game. Based on the book they are reading, allow students to explore and discover different characters, plot points, and themes while playing. This is a great way to make reading comprehension fun because students feel as though they are playing or acting, rather than recalling what they are reading. It’s also a great way to get students to really connect with the story!
5. Try a Reading Escape Room Challenge. Add some fun into your reading block with a Theme Park Reading Escape Challenge. Students have to complete 5 reading tasks, including a reading comprehension passage with questions, in order to successfully complete the challenge!
6. Have students create a board game based on the text they are reading. Divide students into groups and have each group design a board game based on the text being read. Allow students to test their games before sharing! At the end of game creation, you have another built in activity by allowing all the groups to play each other’s games – score!
7. Read passages of the text out loud in class and have students engage in active listening. Ask them questions related to the passage or have them summarize what they heard after you read it aloud. You could mix in some drawing or verbal summaries as well for a variety of reading comprehension fun.
8. Have students draw what they imagine while reading the text. Allow them to explain their drawings to each other. This is a great way to allow students’ imaginations to run wild while they listen to the text. They are free to connect with the book and explain their thoughts, which is so important to mix in!
4 Fun Reading Comprehension Resources
With these eight fresh ideas for reading comprehension fun, I hope you’re feeling excited and ready to take on the rest of the year with your students. I know the days get long, the standards get old, and we certainly all get tired, but I’m wishing you all the best with your instruction and classroom environment. With some activities in your tool box, I believe in your ability to have some fun even while teaching reading comprehension! Your students are sure to follow suit and find some enjoyment as well. Happy teaching!