Reading For Understanding Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RL.2.1
Students often read without purpose and really just say the words to themselves. The goal for any reader should be to come away with an understanding of what the author was trying to achieve and the general gist of the argument they were trying to set in motion. Second graders understand the basic words they are reading, but can they pull the important information from what is written? These worksheets will put students through a series of activities to help them achieve a high level of comprehension.
Reading For Understanding Worksheets To Print:
A Day at the Zoo
- Stacy had been looking forward to a trip to the zoo. As soon as her bus pulled up to the Zoo
entrance she ran to the front to be first in
Camping Trip Part 2 - Part 1 must be done first for this one
to make sense. Using the story
from part one as a guide, choose which character
would have said each quote and write it in the
Boys and Girls
- Do you believe that little boys and little girls are really made of these things? Explain
why you believe that.
Choosing my Costume
- It's too cold to be Tarzan! What is Cody going to do? Name the three parts that would make up Cody's costume to keep him warm.
Freddie's Fishing Day - A frog that fishes? Is there a food chain or something? What day did Freddie catch his fish in this story?
Ice Cream Shop - Martha's grandpa takes everyone out for ice cream. Build the ice cream cone just like Martha's and George's. Write whose cone it is
Jake's Bad Day - The wrong haircut messes up a perfectly good day. Write down four things that had happened to Andy to make his day bad.
Katie's Collection - The avid stamp collector strikes again! What do you remember from the reading passage?
Pizza Pizza! - Ms. Clayton's class was especially excited
because they had earned a pizza party for their
final day by reading 100 books in the school
year. Pizza in the summer really is a great combination.
A Silly Story - You might need to read this one several times before
answering the questions.
Best Party Ever! - Lots of great stuff to do a Matthew's birthday party. What does Johnny need to do before he can go to the party?
Timmy Can Fly? - He will be using a plane of course! What do you think Timmy saw when he looked out the window?
How to Teach Reading for Understanding
There are countless studies done in the field of education to track the effectiveness of various strategies to improve the ability to understand what we read. Possessing background knowledge about what we read has been shown to have a positive impact on our ability to learn what we read. As a teacher you can insure this by reading things that most students readily know such as local news or issues that affect the local community. Another great comprehension strategy is to have students stop after each paragraph and have them form a question they have about the information they just read. If they cannot come up with a question, ask them to make prediction about what they think will happen next. It also helps to have students draw a picture to help them visualize what they are reading. Having them prepare a solid summary is always helpful as well. When you need to explain something to someone else, you tend to have a good handle on the subject.
Reading Tips for Second Graders
Usually, second graders are done with learning the basics of language. They have learned all the letters, they know how to use words in sentences, and they can make good sentences. After all of this, it is time to develop reading skills that will help in understanding more difficult words and complex content. Here are some reading tips for the second graders:
Read about your interests
One of the best ways to develop good reading skills is by practicing. You can practice your reading skills at home by reading about the stuff that interests you. Find out your passions and interests. Buy books that grab your attention. Read them and learn as much as you can from them.
Make trips to the Library
Ask your parents or your teacher to take you to the local library. Libraries have a huge collection of books of all genres. You can read books for free. Some libraries also have different reading activities arranged for kids. They have certain literacy programs that help children develop interests in reading. You can go to the library during the story hour to make reading more fun.
Rereading books is also a great practice to develop good reading skills. Find the book that you love and start rereading it. You can also get books that you did not understand initially. You can reread them to comprehend the context one more time. If you still do not understand, reread it again.
Find Reading Moments
Reading is not always about getting a book and snuggling into the bed. You can have many reading opportunities throughout the day. Look for ways to read as much as you can during the day. It could be as simple as reading the road signs. You can also help your parents reading the grocery list or the recipes.