Working on comprehension can be challenging, especially when you are trying to differentiate for a variety of learners in your classroom. I like to use Comprehension Bookmarks to give my students some things to think about before, during, and after they read, but I knew that I needed a way to adjust the activity for the different reading levels in my room.
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I created three different Comprehension Bookmarks that can be used depending on the type of book my students are reading and/or their level of comprehension. I printed them on three different colors of Astrobrights paper for a number of reasons. Studies have shown that color improves retention as much as 18%! The more chances I can give my students to retain the information that I am giving them, the better. Studies have also shown that color can increase memory and help students remain engaged. This is definitely an area where I want my students to remain engaged for an extended period of time. Another reason I used different colors for each bookmark to help me stay organized. If my students lose their bookmark, they can tell me which color they had. I can also find the bookmark to replace it much faster if they are printed on color paper.
The first level of comprehension, printed on Lunar Blue™, has picture clues to help students with the questions. They are pretty basic story structure questions. The second level, printed on Martian Green™, does not have the picture clues. It includes the basic story structure and sequencing questions. The third level, printed on Solar Yellow™, includes higher order thinking questions for your more advanced readers.
My students can keep their bookmarks in chapter books that they are reading, or they can grab their bookmark to use while reading a picture book. These are perfect for placing at a Read to Self station or in an independent reading book tub. How would you use these in your classroom?
You can download these Comprehension Bookmarks for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.