Reading Strategies | Reading Comprehension Activities w/ Digital Activities

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Jennifer Findley
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4th - 5th
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Do your students struggle with reading comprehension? Do they struggle applying important reading strategies while they are reading? Do you need grade level reading strategy instruction resources to support your students as they read more complex texts?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this resource will help!

NOTE: This reading strategy resource now has Google Slides™ versions. Please see page 6 PDF for details and the links.

About the Reading Strategies Resource

This reading strategy resource includes passages, organizers, and other resources to help you teach important reading strategies to your 4th and 5th grade readers.

Using these resources will help you explicitly teach the reading strategies in a way that the students can then apply to their independent reading for the rest of the year.

The following reading strategies are included:


•Making Connections

•Making Predictions


•Determining Importance


•Making Inferences

For each reading strategy, the following resource is included:

•Teaching Poster/Chart

•Student Bookmark

•Graphic Organizer Templates

•Sticky Note Organizer Template

•2 Short Fiction Stories Specifically Written for the Reading Strategy

•2 Short Nonfiction Texts Specifically Written for the Reading Strategy

•1 Longer Fiction Story Specifically Written for the Reading Strategy

•1 Longer Nonfiction Text Specifically Written for the Reading Strategy

•Sample answers for each text to help you model the skill

Bringing it All Together

I have also included a set of fiction task cards to help review the different reading strategies and one longer fiction passage and one longer nonfiction passage to practice applying all of the strategies.

Note About the Graphic Organizers

I have included a few versions of graphic organizers for each strategy. I have selected one of those organizers to provide sample answers for the longer texts.

****If you need resources for reading skills and standards for 4th and 5th grade (theme, text structure, main idea etc.,) click here!

About the Digital Reading Strategies Activities

  • All of the reading strategies activities in this resource are also included in a digital version to be used with Google Slides™ (or downloaded and used as a Powerpoint).

  • The content has been redesigned for optimal digital use.

  • The students use text boxes to type in their answers.

  • The content of the digital reading strategies activities is the SAME as the printable version.

  • Answer keys can be found in the PDF.

Check out the video preview to see the digital reading activities.

Using this Reading Strategy Resource:

Here are two main ways that I use this resource (depending on my readers that year):

Whole Class (If the majority of my students do not use reading strategies while reading or struggle with general comprehension) - During the first 20 days of school, I use the resources in this file to introduce, model, and allow my students to explicitly practice each reading strategy.

Small Group Instruction (To target specific students who do not use reading strategies while reading or significantly struggle with comprehension) - If only a small number of students need strategy instruction, I use the resources during small group reading instruction.

Teaching the Reading Strategies:

Here is the order that I teach these strategies:


•Making Connections

•Making Predictions


•Determining Importance


•Making Inferences

I follow this general sequence:

1. Introduce the reading strategy through a read aloud - I model for the students how to apply the strategy while reading. I also explain the purpose of the strategy and how it helps with comprehension.. The charts are helpful for the mini-lesson. I also use one of the included graphic organizers to record my thoughts for the students to see.

2. Practice the reading strategy – I like to begin with the fiction story. We read through the story together and stop periodically to apply the strategy and discuss our thoughts. For this lesson, we use a graphic organizer to record our thoughts but we do a lot of discussion as well.

3. Independent practice of the reading strategy – Next, I have the students apply the reading strategy to their independent reading books (ensuring that they are reading a fiction book). After reading, students share their thoughts (as they relate to the strategy).

4. Repeat step 2 with the nonfiction text included in this file.

5. Repeat step 3 ensuring that students are reading a nonfiction text to practice the strategy with nonfiction – sometimes I will give them a high-interest nonfiction article to read.

Need More Reading Resources for 4th and 5th Grade?

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Reading Spinners Centers Bundle | 4th and 5th Grade Reading Centers

Reading Anchor Charts (4th and 5th Grade Common Core)

Reading Homework (4th and 5th Grade Reading Review Complete Set: 36 Texts)4th and 5th Grade Reading Test Prep Task Cards | Nonfiction and Fiction BUNDLE

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