I’ve designed 9 free reading comprehension posters for you to use with your kids. I’ve got free posters about synonyms, antonyms, context clues, deductive reasoning, organizing and classifying, drawing conclusions, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. Students can use these posters to as visual aids in the classroom. Please download and enjoy them. These free reading comprehension posters are done in colorful cartoon art that kids will enjoy.
As a special education teacher I’ve worked with many kids who struggled with reading comprehension skills. It always worked to break things down into the simplest terms and include visual aids for my students. My free reading comprehension posters are simple study skills ideas to make kids better readers. Use them either at home or at school.
My 9 Free Reading Comprehension Posters
My 9 free reading comprehension posters include the basic reading comprehension skills elementary school children need. When your child is reading fluently at a good pace it’s important to start focusing on these common reading comprehension skills at home.
The best thing you can do is read out loud with your child at least 15 minutes a day. While doing that, talk about the following 9 reading strategies.
Teaching synonyms to your children will improve their reading comprehension skills. When they are exposed to new words that they are unfamiliar with use synonyms that they are familiar with to teach the new word.
Likewise, teaching antonyms will improve reading comprehension skills as well. Sometimes it’s easier to offer antonyms for a new word or concept to help teach it to a child. This is my favorite of the 9 free reading comprehension posters. There a lots of antonyms to spot in this poster. Can you find them?
This is a strategy parents and teachers can use to teach word meanings right inside the text. In this strategy readers use words that surround the unknown word (in the context) to give them clues about what it means. I usually talk out this strategy with my kids and coach them to come up with the right idea about a word’s meaning.
This strategy uses logic and reasoning to make a conclusion about a reading. I believe this is the single most important strategy for higher level learning.
Organizing and Classifying:
This strategy teaches kids to combine information by kind. This is an important reading comprehension skill for studying the sciences and technical materials. I teach students to use color coding when they organize information for tests.
Most fiction authors will foreshadow events leading up to a conclusion. A good reader will pick up on those clues and use deductive reasoning to come up with a conclusion. That’s what all the best mystery stories are about. Always ask your child when you are reading with them what they think might happen next, how the story might end. It is a good exercise in judgement.
Cause and Effect:
When reading out loud with your child stop periodically and talk about the text. Ask them about the events in the story. Encourage them to think about why things happened. Ask them what they think the cause was, and what the effect of that behavior was. Over time they will learn to do this for themselves when they read.
This is vital for testing. Kids need to know how to put information in order. Teach them to make a summary of what they just read, in their own words, right after they’ve finished reading a few paragraphs. This forces children to pay attention to what they are reading. It doesn’t have to be written. Have them tell you out loud. For best results with younger kids have them read no more than 3 or 4 paragraphs at a time before you ask them to retell the story in their own words.
Comparing and Contrasting:
This skill is important for many reasons. It forces children to observe more. It makes them organize and classify things. In many classrooms this activity is done in small groups. When put in a group to discuss how things are alike and different kids are exposed to different viewpoints which opens their minds to new ideas.
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