Homemade Resources – Reading Comprehension Lollipop Sticks

The lovely Ana Elisa Miranda recently shared a very interesting post in one of her Instagram stories about the use of lollipop sticks to work on your child’s reading comprehension skills.  

My eldest is yet to strengthen her reading comprehension skills, so I decided to give it a shot.  It took me about 30 minutes to prepare and my daughter told me she really liked them.  As soon as she reads a book, she comes up to me with the lollipop sticks to have me quiz her.  I think this activity is particularly appealing to kids who, like my eldest, enjoy quizzes. 😉

Challenges:

  • Phrasing the questions so they fit the lollipop stick.

Resources needed:

  • For the questions, either hand write them on a white sheet of paper or print them.  The use of a printer might be preferable for the sake of legibility.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • A glue-gun or extra-strong glue for all-kind of materials.
  • Lollipop sticks – preferably coloured ones to make them more appealing.  If not, colour them with paint or markers
  • A pretty little bag or pot to contain all the lollipop sticks and for your child to pick from.

Steps:

  1. In your minority language, Google “reading comprehension questions” and the class your child is in; e.g: Year 4.  
  2. Select 10 to 20 questions that can apply universally to all kinds of books.  This number of questions should enable your child to come through a variety of questions and not grow bored too soon by coming across the same ones time and time again.
  3. Copy and paste them in a Word document and print them in small print and well spaced out, or neatly hand write them on a blank sheet of paper.
  4. Cut out the questions.
  5. Stick one question per lollipop stick using the glue gun.
End result 🙂

Tips:

  • If your question is too long to fit on one side of the lollipop stick, cut the question in 2 and stick the second half at the back of the same stick.
  • Your child does not have to answer every question.  Just offering them to pick 3 lollipop sticks at random from the bag can be enough to keep the activity fun and avoid the questions being too predictable if they go through all of them with every read.

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