Reading Comprehensions

September 12, 2022

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reading comprehension 1st / 2nd class

I am teaching first class this year. One part of our day that never changes is our morning comprehension at 8:45 every morning after our news. I created a set of fifty reading passages to see me through until December, after which I will created another set. I found it really hard to find any suitable ones online, and the stories in the text book we use are very long. So these are ideal for emerging readers, and for teaching comprehension skills.

The titles are:

  1. Swimming
  1. Pets

3.A Trip to Tayto Park

4.The Zoo


6.The Butterfly

7.A Visit to the Dentist


9.A Rainy Day

  1. Ben’s Dog


12.The Animal Party

13.A Visit to the Doctor

14.A Camping Trip

15.Fun at the Beach

16.The Farm

17.An Accident


19.The Hedgehog

20.The Big Match

21.Anna’s Party

22.The New Baby

23.The Polar Bear

24.A Trip to the Woods




28.Ben’s Big Surprise

29.The Playground


31.The Robin

32.The New Bike


34.The Lion

35.The Elephant

36.Snow Day

37.The New Teacher

38.The Storm


40.The Sahara Desert



43.The Missing Poppet

44.Christmas Eve


46.The Arctic Fox

47.The Arctic

48    Trees

49 Spring

50  Summer

This comprehension resource was created for first class pupils but second class pupils could use it as a form of revision. There are fifty comprehensions in total. If you do one a day it allows for ten weeks worth of work. I display the comprehension on the interactive whiteboard. We read it together aloud as a class. We answer the questions orally, then the children do the questions in their copies. I write the answers on the whiteboard for some of the children to transcribe. The comprehensions are based on a variety of topics and are relevant to the lives of children attending school in Ireland.

The passages help to encourage reading fluency. They are differentiated with some being more challenging than others. The passages can be used in:

A whole group setting

Small groups ( differentiated stations)

As a homework activity

Independently ( for some children)

High frequency words are used throughout the passages and the questions are simple and text based. Simple inferential questions are asked and many have multiple choice or true or false options. There are words with inflectional endings (s, ed, ing) and decodable words are also used throughout the texts. The passages are a mixture of fact and fiction and some overlap with SESE too.

Through this resource the following comprehension strategies will be taught:

1.Activate prior knowledge

2.Prediction skills

3.Identifying the main idea

4.Making inferences





9.Determining importance

10.Connecting and comparing.

You can purchase it here, and for this week only it is half price with the code 50OFF!

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