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Readers in the fourth grade should develop more advanced skills as they pertain to reading unfamiliar words. This includes using their understanding of the sounds letters make, syllabic patterns, prefixes, suffixes, and root words to accurately read unknown words. Likewise, fourth graders should be able to explain the general type of informational text they’re reading, such as cause and effect, comparison, or chronology. The tips discussed below enable the development of these and other reading comprehension skills.
By encouraging readers to visualize what they’re reading, they will be more likely to understand it. For example, if a student is reading about what happens when water boils, they can visualize the process of adding water to a pan, turning on the range, heating up the water, and watching the steam rise as the water boils. This kind of visualization also facilitates an understanding of the type of reading – that it’s a process of cause and effect. Visualization is best used when students focus on events, people, places, or things.
Part of enabling students to learn how to read and decode unfamiliar words is to help them explore words in different types of settings. That is, instead of simply presenting students with new words by writing it on the board and having them copy it down, explain the meaning of the word, pick out the root of the word and discuss it, ask children to identify the prefix or suffix, and so on. Then, give students the opportunity to engage with the word in informational texts, literature, or even simpler readings, like magazines. The more opportunities children are given to learn new words, the more capable they will be of deciphering unfamiliar ones.
Graphic organizers like word maps are an excellent tool for encouraging improved understanding of words and word structures. A word map helps readers understand how words relate to one another by associating them with synonyms and antonyms. For example, students might learn the meaning of increasing by associating it with synonyms like expanding and antonyms like decreasing. Simply write the primary word, in this case, increasing, with lines connecting it to the associated words expanding and decreasing. Each associated word should be identified as a synonym or antonym.
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Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 4th grade level.