Headsprout Reading Comprehension
Sample Lessons

Your child will learn how to comprehend what he or she reads and how to critically answer questions — all in a fun, engaging interactive environment!

Your child will demonstrate the skills and strategies necessary to be successful in high-stakes state reading comprehension exams while developing higher order thinking skills that will last a lifetime. The online lessons teach strategies to help master factual, inferential, summative and vocabulary comprehension while Sprout Games™ keep your child motivated!

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Your child will experience the following instruction:

  • Literal Comprehension

    Literal comprehension, or Find the Fact, questions are those in which the answer is explicitly stated in the text. Learners identify when a question is asking about something that can be found in the text, learn how to find the answer in the text, and match an answer choice with the words that they found in the text.

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  • Inferential Comprehension

    Inferential comprehension, or Clue Word, questions are those in which the answer is not explicitly stated in the text. When learners can't find the fact in the passage, they learn to look back for clue words that make them think about the answer to the question. The clue words are different than the possible answers, but they help answer the question.

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  • Mostly About/Main Idea Comprehension

    Main Idea, or Mostly About, questions involve identifying the predominant theme in a passage. Learners first learn how to identify the theme of a portion of text, then determine how often that theme occurs by filling "theme buckets," and ultimately decide that the most common theme is what the paragraph or passage talks about the most.

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  • Vocabulary/Derived Meaning

    Derived Meaning, or Vocabulary, questions ask the learner to identify the meaning of a word or phrase that occurs in the text. Learners are asked to substitute the possible word meanings given for the target word in the sentence where the word appears. They then decide if the sentence or group of sentences "makes sense" with the substituted word or words. The possible answer that makes the most sense is what the word or words most likely mean.

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  • Putting Everything Together

    By the end of the program, learners are using the strategies they have learned to answer a variety of comprehension questions about long passages of text featuring narrative, poetic, and expository material as well as resources such as diagrams and illustrations. In activities designed as preparation for the testing environment, learners answer all questions about the passage before receiving feedback on their answers.

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  • Reward Sequences

    Each online episode includes built-in animations and other rewards to keep learners engaged. These rewards serve to augment other motivational features intrinsic to the programs, such as experiencing success with learning and working toward a goal.

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