Everyone knows that reading is an important activity for children. However, what kids do after they read a book is also important, to determine whether they comprehend what they read. Aside from writing a book report, children can do dozens of activities after reading a book. Whether it's an activity for them to do at home or in school, children can find reading-comprehension activities that are educational and interesting.
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Write a Letter
After reading a book, children can write a letter as one of the characters in the book. The letter should reveal what the character is feeling and thinking based on events that surround the character in the book. Have the kids pretend that the letter is being written to the character's friend, family member or even another character in the book. Alternatively, students can write a letter to one of the characters in the book and even write a letter intended for the book's author.
Make a Shoebox Report
Kids can use an old shoebox to recreate one of the scenes in the book or display things in the box that are relevant to the story. For example, if a child read "Charlotte's Web," he can create a farm scene inside the box with a pigsty and a figurine of a little girl. To finish the project, cover the front of the box with synthetic spider web and a toy spider, just like what's used for Halloween decorations.
Create a Collage
Younger children will enjoy creating a collage of the story that they finished reading. Instruct each child to bring old magazines to school and supply each child with large poster paper. Instruct students to cut out images and words that they find in magazines that represent the important events and characters in the book. Kids can use glue to paste these images on the poster paper and each can come up to the class to explain the images as they relate to the book.
Have a Class Discussion
If all the children in the class are asked to read the same book, the teacher can lead a class discussion. A class discussion is a way to get everyone involved in an activity at once so that everyone's thoughts and feelings about the book are heard. Ask students what the story is about; what they would have done in a particular situation; why the author wrote the book; and what they feel about certain events that happen in the book. At the end of the discussion, the class gets insight on what everyone else's opinions are about the book and the teacher is able to understand if the kids understood what they've read.
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