A Fun Comprehension Board Game for the Classroom

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Have you heard the news around Teach Starter? We have created this amazing comprehension strategy classroom game!!

Out of The Book – Comprehension Board Game is a great addition to any literacy block! Students work towards the finish line by reading small passages from a variety of strategy cards and answer multiple choice comprehension questions.

The first student to reach the finish is the winner! Each Strategy and Pop Quiz card have the answer on the back for students to refer to when playing.

The board game includes comprehension cards for the following strategies:

  • making connections
  • making inferences
  • facts & details
  • sequencing
  • facts & opinions
  • main idea
  • compare & contrast
  • author’s purpose
  • summarising
  • cause and effect
  • predicting.

It is flexible with what you are teaching, perhaps you want to focus on only a small number of the above strategies. Alternatively, use all the cards as a fantastic way to reinforce different comprehension strategies!

Another idea is to have the whole class play! Project the game board onto the classroom whiteboard and use two round magnets as each team’s counter.


Hints & Tips

Here are some little hints and tips for creating this amazing resource for your classroom!

Once you have printed out the resource, cut each of the strategy and pop quiz cards out. Each card should have two sides – one with a book and worm on it, the other with a small piece of text and question.

Classroom Comprehension Game

Classroom Comprehension Game

Once you have cut all the cards out, fold them in half, and place them in a laminating sheet.

Classroom Comprehension Game

You need to make sure there is enough laminating sheet around each of the cards. I could only fit six of the cards in one laminating sheet.

Classroom Comprehension Board Game

Carefully, place the laminating sheet into the laminator. You may need to hold it and guide it in to make sure the playing cards don’t move around.

Classroom Comprehension Board Game

Next, cut the cards out making sure there is a border of laminating sheet around each card to keep it secured.

Classroom Comprehension Board Game

Finally, laminate the board and sort the cards into their different strategies!

Classroom Comprehension Board Game

Download resource here…

Have a laminating session and reap the benefits of this amazing teaching resource!

We would love to hear from you – have you used this game in your classroom yet?

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  • dawnf135
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    Looks great! Is the board A4 or A3? I'm a supply teacher and this would be great for my box of tricks! However I only have an A4 laminator

  • *********************
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    I LOVE this board game but it would be fantastic if their was a version where the answers, which are currently on the same side as the topic and gorgeous worm graphic, were moved to the back where the questions are so that a team mate could read the question to the player and the player guessing would not see the answer. Just a thought as then my lower readers and EAL readers could have a friend read them the question and they could still be able to answer the questions. Or this game could then also use reading strategies but become more of a listening game aswell.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Cassandra, We are so glad that you like this board game! Thanks for your suggestion. There are a couple of things you could do to get around this to make the game more suited to your class. If you are going to use the cards for upper groups as well. Perhaps you could encourage the students that are going to help read the cards to the lower groups, to cover the back of the card as they read it? Alternatively, in the step where I have cut each card out, you could skip the folding part and just laminate the cards as is? That way the question and answer are both on the same side? I hope these ideas work better for your class. Kind regards, Holly

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