Grades 5-6 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


  • If you were the author, what would you change in the audiobook? Why?
  • Who would you recommend this title to? Why?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this audiobook?
  • What time period did the audiobook take place? How do you know?
  • Do you know of other titles the author has written?
  • Do you think the characters would fit in well with your friends or family? Why or why not?
  • What did the author do to make the audiobook interesting or funny?
  • What caused the character to feel the way he/she does?
  • Is the audiobook realistic fiction or fantasy? How do you know?
  • How did the main character change throughout the audiobook?
  • What is the conflict in the audiobook and how did it get resolved?


  • What predictions can you make based on what you already know about the topic?
  • What do you think you will learn from this book based on what you’ve already listened to?
  • Reflect on the events of the audiobook. What are your ideas or thoughts about them?
  • Does listening to a title about this topic remind you of anything you’ve read before?
  • What are examples of words the author used to help you better understand the audiobook?
  • Where could you find more information about the topic you listened to today?
  • How can you tell the audiobook is non-fiction?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the ideas in the audiobook?
  • What other titles have you read or listened to that help you understand the culture or setting of this audiobook?


  • Create a word search using 6 words from the text
  • If the audiobook happened in a different country than yours, write how it would be different in your country
  • Create a comic strip of the series of events in the title (at least 6 sections)
  • Write and record a pretend radio announcement about the audiobook
  • List the cause and effect of at least 2 events in the audiobook
  • Create a diorama from a scene in the audiobook
  • Design a bulletin board to promote the audiobook