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Developing Reading Comprehension in Grade 4

School News June 15, 2021
Developing Reading Comprehension in Grade 4

One big part of comprehension is having a sufficient vocabulary or knowing the meanings of enough words. Readers who have strong comprehension are able to draw conclusions about what they read – what is important, what is a fact, what caused an event to happen, which characters are funny etc. Thus, comprehension involves combining reading with thinking and reasoning.

The Barracudas have been learning about comprehension using variations of texts and books. Recently, we finished reading the story of ‘Three Little Pigs’. The students read it in short sections and made sure they knew and understood what happened before they continued to read. The students read the book with a buddy, and they stopped every page or so to take turns summarizing what they had read. Each one of them formed mental pictures or images that matched the story, and later they all drew a different scenario of the book.

Open-ended questions such as "Why did things happen that way?" or "What is the author trying to do here?", were applied in our learning strategy. Barracudas enjoyed the open-ended questions to understand and explain the story to its full extent. We discussed the meaning of words as we went through the text for deeper understanding, really probing what those words meant and how they can be used. All of the Barracudas are familiar with the story, and it helped them solidify their understanding.

Through conversations and diversions, children make meaning and share connections that are relevant to them. Reading aloud to children gives them the opportunity to practice the language and experience of others. It helps them make connections with their lives and informs their view of themselves and others. With these beliefs and understanding Barracudas enjoys reading regularly in the class. Keep reading!