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Comprehension for Elementary School
The Comprehension Toolkit

The Comprehension Toolkit series provides strategies that work to help students understand, respond to, and learn from nonfiction text, building background knowledge across the curriculum and throughout the year.

The Comprehension Toolkit series offers robust instruction to encourage students to develop the reading comprehension skills that lead to lifelong learning. The practices:

  • Deepen students’ comprehension of nonfiction text by focusing on reading, writing, drawing, talking, listening, and investigating.
  • Foster agency and strategic thinking across the curriculum by helping kids navigate informational text and think about what they are reading to learn, understand, and remember it.

Availability:  All elementary schools have The Comprehension Toolkit.  See your instructional coach.

Accessing Complex Texts - Close Reading

Close reading books for Grades 3–8 contain six units, each linked by a common theme with three reading passages of increasing length and complexity.

  • Expose students to a wide range of genres and text types.
  • Consumable student books encourage annotation on the page.
  • Collaborative conversations build speaking and listening skills.

Teacher’s Guides include links to key standards and suggestions for citing text evidence. Model Lessons for Close Reading Professional Development Book helps scaffold the close reading process.

Availability:  Some elementary schools have these materials.  See your instructional coach.


Reading Comprehension Boosters
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An effective resource for improving students' comprehension skills for grades 3-5.  This book contains 100 high-interest reading activities, and is designed to help students gain fundamental comprehension skills so they can succeed in reading complex and varied types of texts. Each lesson includes a brief reading selection followed by questions, multiple-choice selections, and thinking and writing activities. 

Availability:  Some Jefferson County Elementary Schools have this resource.  Teachers, see your instructional coach


This website is designed to help improve elementary students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum.  The website features interactive reading comprehension activities for students and video clips, posters, and lesson plans for teachers.  

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