Are you about to start reading the favorite book, "Sarah, Plain and Tall" with your class? Do you have a class set that students will read on their own?
To help my readers with chapter book comprehension, I created these comprehension bookmarks to follow up each chapter. There are nine total bookmarks for the nine chapters in the book. Each bookmark has 4-5 questions that tie in with reading comprehension skills: finding main idea, recalling facts and details, sequencing, cause and effect, compare and contract, word meanings, making predictions, and drawing conclusions. The end of each bookmark also includes a spot for students to record any "interesting" or unknown words. A parent signature request line is included at the bottom of each bookmark. I also included the letter that I sent home to my parents.
How it works in my room: I assign one chapter an evening for my 4th graders to read at home. I encourage parents to join their students with reading and answering the questions together. The day after an assigned reading, I collect the bookmarks and my students grab their pillows or blankets in the front of our room for our read aloud. I read over the chapter and we talk about the vocabulary and different parts of the story together. We also go over our bookmarks and any unknown/interesting words.
This was the first chapter book I've read with my reading class. Most of my students are below grade level with reading and struggle with comprehension. This was a great activity for us to do for class bonding and comprehension confidence. Many of students loved the book and I had several parents enjoy the opportunity to work with their students. (YAY!) If you use these bookmarks, please let me know how they worked for you and your class!