Having your students be engaged in literary activities is a great way to get them excited about reading and answering questions. 4th grade students will enjoy creating or responding to these activities listed below. These projects can be altered depending on the questions you are working with, the books they are currently reading or the context you are hoping to use them in.
Using the same tools consistently will give the students an idea about what questions to expect, which always makes students more comfortable. You can more components to most of these activities or you can simplify them by eliminating certain sections.
1. Beach Ball Socratic Method
2. Roll and Retell
All that is required for this activity is a few dice. Students can work individually, in pairs, or in large groups to discuss different elements of the short story or book they are reading. Your 4th grade students will feel like they are playing a board game while they are learning.
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3. Build and Explain
Simply cutting and pasting or drawing symbols directly onto these cups is a comprehension activity that makes use of images to prompt retelling. Students could design and create their own stack or you can have a class set. Alternatively, this activity would be effective with small groups as well.
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4. Reading Comprehension Bracelets
This reading comprehension activity is easy to customize. You can change up the color codes of the beads if you do not have these on hand or students can make a necklace instead of a bracelet, depending on their preferences. They can take it home or keep it at school.
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5. Book Talks with Talking Points
Add these fun key-ring tools to your next book talk session. This aid will even be handy with 3rd grade kids or even older students. The students will answer questions based on the prompt they flip to. Each student could have their own copy or you could make only one.
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6. Reading Cootie Catcher
This idea is a fun spin and variation on an old favorite game that provokes nostalgia with many young students. They will begin by picking a color and then, the activity expands to having them answer multiple-choice and extended-response questions. Answering these questions is an essential skill.
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7. Yellow Brick Road
Students can create their own yellow brick road stones to discuss different components of a story, which is an essential skill or they can work on their inferencing skills. 1st graders, 2nd graders, and even 5th graders will understand the movie references hidden inside this game.
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8. Cheeseburger Book Report
One of the benefits of this activity is that the teacher can decide if they want students to add additional content by adding more condiments to their cheeseburger. Students can write in simple complete sentences, complex sentences, or point form.
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9. Text Clues
Making predictions, using text clues, and making inferences based on the given information in a text are lifelong skills that students must master. Having them create this visual craft will assist them in writing down their thoughts and allow them to be creative with their project designs.
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10. Asking Good Questions
Having students answer questions about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of a story is a reading skill that needs to be developed. Having them create and design this craft will make sure they don't forget to answer any of these important questions when asked.
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Having tools for students to access will allow them to visualize and better understand the story or book they are working with in your class. You can either create these resources yourself and make one copy of your entire class to use or you can have students work with their hands to design their own copy of these crafts that they can always keep with them to refer back to when you tell them to or when they feel they need to.
Giving your students the opportunity to access these supports will build them for success and give them ownership of their learning.