What IS reading comprehension? Its more than just reading words and answering questions. Reading comprehension is a complex process that requires many different skills to be performed all at the same time. Beginning in about 3rd grade, students may begin to struggle with comprehension because around this time, they are being asked to do more than just recall basic facts. Students at this age require deep comprehension skills in order to demonstrate knowledge of a subject. In addition to explaining all of the skills that make up comprehension, this handout also provides activities and games that can be done at home in the classroom to make improvements in a student's comprehension skills.