Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:52 pm
My daughter is in Grade 5. My concern is that she can read with perfect fluency, but her comprehension does not match her reading ability. She fails comprehension tests. She did OT and speech therapy in Grade 1 and 2.
As young children, we first learn to read; and then we start reading to learn. Some children who are proficient at oral reading can experience difficulty at this time, in terms of comprehending what they read.
As previously explained to you, while there may be other causes, the most common causes of a reading comprehension problem involve a lack of vocabulary, poor memory skills and poor logical thinking skills.
The skill of logical thinking is important because it gives readers the ability to make inferences, which entails using what you know to make a guess about what you don’t know, or reading between the lines. Readers who make inferences use the clues in the text along with their own experiences to help them figure out what is not directly said.
As promised in last week’s column , here is the second logical thinking exercise, which will not only help to improve your daughter’s comprehension, but will also help beat the summer holiday ‘brain drain’. In the examples below, your daughter should pick the object that does not fit in the groups below and explain why she thinks it does not belong there:
- Pepper shaker
270º – 180º
270º – 90º
- Train – all the others refer to air transportation
- Pepper shaker – all the others are eating utensils
- Filly – all the others are male
- Strawberries – all the others are liquids
- Radio – all the others are printed media
- Pine tree – all the others are flowers
- Spider – all the others have four legs
- Lion – all the others are farm animals
- Green – all the others are primary colours
- Triangle – all the others have four corners
- Tennis – all the others are water sports
- Pumpkin – all the others are fruit
- Rain – all the others are seasons
- Seven – all the others are multiples of two
- Germany – all the others are continents
- Watch – all the others are items of clothing
- United States – all the others are languages
- Show jumping – all the others are theatre productions
- Goat – all the others are animals that one can ride
- 270º – 90º – all the others are 90º angles
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