Teaching Resource

Comprehension Chatterbox

PDF | 2 pages|Grades: 3 - 6

A fun reading comprehension strategy activity for students to use after reading a text.

Use this teaching resource in the classroom as a literacy group activity after reading a set text.

Print a copy for each student to make and use as part of a literacy rotation activity.

Students make their chatterboxes then take turns playing with their chatterbox, applying a range of comprehension strategies to answer the questions that correspond to the number under each flap.

The comprehension questions on this chatterbox include:

1. Was the author’s purpose to entertain, inform or persuade the reader? Explain your answer.
2. What was the main idea of the text?
3. What was one fact you read in the text?
4. What was one opinion you read in the text?
5. Does this text remind you of a personal experience? Explain.
6. Explain what you think might happen next in the text.
7. In less than one minute, explain what the text was about.
8. How did the main character in the text feel? Why did they feel this way?

To make it a fun game, make a tally of how many questions each person can answer in a minute. The person with the most answered questions is the winner!

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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Anne Gearside

You should create some multiplication/tables chatterboxes as well; these are a popular download on other resource sites. Cheers

Anne Gearside · Mar 20th, 2019

Royce (Teach Starter)

Hi Anne,

That sounds like a fantastic suggestion. Please feel free to request a resource here:
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Royce (Teach Starter) · Mar 21st, 2019

Anthony Tran

Is this available in black and white?

Anthony Tran · Jul 18th, 2017

Errol (Teach Starter)

Hi Anthony,
Thanks for your comment. We have added a black and white version for you to download.
Kind regards,

Errol (Teach Starter) · Jul 18th, 2017

Vivienne Jerks

I love the look of the comprehension chatterbox. Could you correct question 7, which has a word substitution. Replace “was” with “what”. It is only in the question list, not on the chatterbox itself. It’s also in the description. Many thanks for all the wonderful resources.

Vivienne Jerks · Jul 5th, 2017

Victoria (Teach Starter)

Hi Vivienne,
Thank you for your comment.
We have replaced ‘was’ with ‘what’ on question 7.
We hope your students enjoy using their chatterboxes in the classroom.
Kind regards,

Victoria (Teach Starter) · Jul 5th, 2017

Resource Updates

  • Added a black and white version

    Addition by Errol (Teach Starter) Jul 17th, 2017

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