Reading Comprehension Activities
Reading Comprehension / Activities
Every speech language pathologist understands how important a strong receptive lexicon is to comprehension of content, and learning common word roots is one of the best ways to expand vocabulary knowledge.
Prefixes and Suffixes
Learning the meaning of common prefixes and suffixes is another great way to expand one’s receptive lexicon. This printable worksheet requires students to define words that contain both a prefix (in, un, non, or dis) and a suffix (able or ible), such as "undependable".
Using Context Clues
These three printable vocabulary worksheet pages give your middle school and high school students confidence to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar lexicon by using contextual clues.
Students that groan when asked to work on their vocabulary skills often love to do word puzzles. Just don’t tell them the puzzles improve their vocabulary!
Paraphrases and Meanings
These printable worksheets and accompanying answer sheets really zero in on subtle differences in meanings between sentences, and helps middle school and high school students to take note of exact meanings.
This two-page printable worksheet helps middle school and high school students understand conceptual relationships between words and between sentences, including causality, contradiction, elaboration, and specificity.
Conceptual Relationships Advanced
This printable worksheet and accompanying answer key continue where the first conceptual relationships worksheet left off, again requiring students to determine and demonstrate conceptual relationships between sentences.
Leisure Time Language Input Homework Assignment
So many parents and students believe the only way to expand vocabulary, reasoning skills, language comprehension, and general knowledge outside of the classroom is by reading novels or resource books.
The Reading Comprehension Activities Packet
With this packet of eight products in their repertoire, speech language pathologists, tutors, and teachers will be able to effectively help their adolescent and young adult students improve their ability to comprehend and interpret content. The first two products, Word Roots and Prefixes and Suffixes, work directly on expanding students’ vocabulary, while the next, Using Context Clues, teaches students strategies for figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Obfuscations is a favorite of my students: it appeals to both puzzle solvers and creators and is quite challenging. The next three products, Paraphrases and Meanings, Conceptual Relationships, and Conceptual Relationships Advanced, really focus on meaning, helping students improve their comprehension and subsequently their ability to express their ideas accurately. The last product, Leisure Time Language Input, includes an extensive discussion along with a homework sheet. So often I am asked by parents, “What can my son/daughter do at home to improve his/her language skills. I can’t get him/her to read a book.” This product provides the answer to that question. The discussion explains why and how there are many ways children can improve their comprehension other than by reading a novel or textbook, and includes a homework sheet that speech language pathologists, tutors, or teachers can assign to students toward that end.
Related worksheets to these reading comprehension activities
These worksheets and homework assignments expand students’ vocabulary through exploration of word roots, contextual cues, prefixes, and suffixes, and develop their comprehension by increasing their understanding of Conceptual Relationships while improving their ability to paraphrase