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120 Comprehension Strategy Question Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 40 pages | Years: 3 - 7

A set of 120 open-ended question cards to help students apply comprehension strategies when reading.

Using comprehension strategies is an important skill for students.

The activities on these cards can be used with any piece of text that your students may be reading.

Print, cut, laminate and put the cards in your reading group boxes or on a comprehension free choice board.

This teaching resource includes six open-ended question cards for each of the following comprehension strategies:

  • identifying author’s purpose
  • compare and contrast
  • making inferences and drawing conclusions
  • distinguishing between real and make-believe
  • finding word meaning in context
  • recognising cause and effect
  • understanding sequencing
  • distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • finding the main idea
  • making predictions
  • recalling facts and details
  • interpreting figurative language
  • summarising
  • activating prior knowledge
  • self-monitoring
  • questioning
  • making connections
  • visualising
  • synthesising
  • skimming and scanning.




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  • Karina Guerrero-Tapia

    I love how clearly this resource clearly links to the comprehension strategy being used.

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Thanks for your lovely feedback, Karina!

  • Vivian Dean

    Great resource but it`s not a good look when an English resource uses the word `effect` when it should be `affect`.

    • Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Vivian, Thank you for your comment and for alerting us to that error. I have fixed the files and they are available to download again now. My apologies for any inconvenience caused. Kind regards Jill

  • Yathuminy Yohenthira

    As a casual teacher, I would find this resource very useful as it engages students. Can I make a suggestion of making this cards in Black and White or in a simpler format?

    • Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Yathuminy. Thank you for your great suggestion. Can you please put in a change request using the Changes & Updates tab above and our members will have an opportunity to vote for this resource to be made.