Reading Comprehension Questions for Any Story: Story Stickers
If you’re looking for a great way to get kids to pay attention to the story and have them engaged in read-alouds, these story stickers are the best because they help early readers with any comprehension questions for any story.
Getting kids engaged in stories, especially ones they don’t like, is not an easy task. Actually, getting kids to learn while making it seem like a game or playtime is not easy.
But it’s totally possible.
It just takes a little bit of .. spice 🙂
Reading Comprehension Questions for Any Story
We do a lot of read-alouds home, just like I did when I was a teacher in the classroom. But I noticed that my 3 big kids (all younger than 6) didn’t have the same patience and enthusiasm for reading in a group like my high school students did. Gosh, I wonder why! Ha!
All my kids are auditory learners with a little bit of kinesthetic in there. You can read more about the different types of learners here. Anyway, I realized quickly that requiring them to sit down and listen to me read a book wasn’t really going to work out. I needed to be more creative with gauging whether or not they were understanding the story and if they were following along.
In comes my Story Stickers! They are a great way to add a little spice to your reading and reach out to a larger audience that might not be auditory learners.
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What is Higher-Order Thinking?
Higher order thinking refers to Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. In other words, there are several stages of learning. The first three stages refer to Lower-Order thinking. The second three stages refer to High-Order Thinking. The goal is to get each child to higher-order thinking so they can retain and understand the information they just learned.
As aforementioned, the goal is to get to the core of learning, which is create. However, in order to do that, you must be able to get through the other stages of learning; and that requires asking all the right questions.
While Bloom’s Taxonomy is primarily used in upper grades (think upper elementary, middle, and high school), it still holds value to our younger kids just learning to read and comprehend things in Kindergarten.
I always say, start them off small and let them learn the right way from the beginning. And if you start using these story stickers for any story to help build comprehension when they’re young, that higher level of thinking will already be there when they’re older.
How to Story Stickers Help?
Story Stickers help by providing questions from the whole taxonomy. There are lower order thinking questions that asses for general understanding. Use them as guides throughout the story to make sure something is learned before moving on.
I’ve noticed that for my own children, they love the idea of taking that ownership of their question. After we do the book walk, they all pick one story sticker from the cup and we answer it one by one.
Getting Ready to Use the Story Questions
- 28 story stickers, each with a different comprehension question
What Else You’ll Need:
- astrobrights or cardstock
- jumbo craft stick
- glue or tape
How Can I Differentiate Instruction?
Heterogenous learning is when you break the group by different learning styles and different learning levels of mastery. For example, you can group one beginner with someone who has mastered the lesson in an effort to have the master apply and create something that will help the beginner learn.
Homogenous learning is when you break a group up into the same learning levels of mastery. For example, all the kids in reading group A are in one group, all the kids in reading group level B, and so on. This allows for all of them to collaborate.
These Story Stickers and comprehension question can be broken down by either!
If you are a homeschooler and you have kids in different ages but are reading a chapter book together as a read-aloud, have the younger kids answer the lower-order questions (the who, what, where). Have the older kids answer higher-order questions that focus on the WHY and how.
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