Grades 3-4 Comprehension Questions and Actvities

These comprehension questions and activities can be used as:

  • comprehension analysis (confirming understanding)
  • reader’s/writer’s notebook activities
  • informal assessment


  • Is the audiobook believable? Why or why not?
  • Would you like to be a character in the audiobook? Which one and why?
  • How did the main character feel in the book? Give evidence
  • How would you have reacted to the problem in the audiobook?
  • Can you share a real-life connection to this audiobook?
  • How are the characters in the title related?
  • How does the main character feel at the end of the audiobook?
  • Does this title remind you of other titles you’ve read or listened to?
  • Why do you think the character is acting the way he/she is acting?
  • What is the main problem in the audiobook? Solution?
  • Is the audiobook realistic fiction or fantasy? How do you know?
  • How can you use your experiences to better understand the characters?
  • How did the narrator make or break the title?


  • What do you already know about the topic?
  • What else would like you like to know about the topic?
  • Where could you find more information about the topic?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this selection?
  • How do you know the audiobook is non-fiction?
  • What did you find interesting about the audiobook?
  • Was the title a good fit for the audiobook?
  • Would you change the title to fit the audiobook better?
  • What did the author or narrator do to make listening to the audiobook interesting?
  • Has the audiobook made you think any differently about the topic?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the ideas in the audiobook?
  • Which parts of the audiobook were facts and which were opinions?


  • Write the five W’s (who, what, when, where, why) and the H (how). Then write a paragraph for a newspaper article including these facts
  • Create a “book jacket” for the title including a picture on the front, along with a summary inside of the cover and a review on the back
  • Compare this title with another fiction title you have read or listened to recently
  • Write a different ending to the audiobook
  • Draw 3 scenes from the audiobook
  • Write a different solution to the problem in the audiobook
  • Design a poster advertising the audiobook
  • Write a 4-5 sentence summary of the audiobook
  • List the most important events in order
  • Write about a time something similar happened to you
  • Paraphrase the selection
  • List 3 new words and look them up in a dictionary
  • Make up a new title for the audiobook