Low Prep Book Extension Ideas

Students need to practice comprehension of a text in multiple ways. Here are some low-prep ideas for books you already have and use in your classroom. These ideas can be used regardless if the students read the texts themselves or listened to the texts.

Students need to practice comprehension of a text in multiple ways. Here are some low-prep ideas for books you already have and use in your classroom. These ideas can be used regardless if the students read the texts themselves or listened to the texts.


After reading a book, have students demonstrate what they learned with a picture sort. In the picture below, we read a dental health interactive book about what you would see at the dentist. Afterwards, students had to create a yes or no sorting board on construction paper, cut out given pictures and then sort the pictures accordingly. This SUPER easy to prep lesson targeted all of these skills:




Attending to a text

Reading or listening to a text

Cutting skills

Writing skills

Comprehension skills

Language skills: yes or no

Interactive books can be used to target reading and listening comprehension just like any other text!




Word Webs are great for many different book extensions. Vocabulary or concepts go in the middle shape. Students then write what they learned in the text in the other blank shapes. Not only is this a great way for students to demonstrate what they learned from reading or listening to a text, it is also a fantastic way to build language skills.

Students need to practice comprehension of a text in multiple ways. Here are some low-prep ideas for books you already have and use in your classroom. These ideas can be used regardless if the students read the texts themselves or listened to the texts.


Another idea is to make a very simple sheet for students to complete after reading or listening to a text. Here, we read a book about having a pet rabbit. The book talked about what a pet rabbit needs in order to live a healthy and long life. After reading the book, students had to recall the color of the rabbit in the book and color the picture accordingly, Next, students had to cut out pictures containing something the rabbit in the book needed. This is the perfect way for non-writers to demonstrate comprehension!

Students need to practice comprehension of a text in multiple ways. Here are some low-prep ideas for books you already have and use in your classroom. These ideas can be used regardless if the students read the texts themselves or listened to the texts.


A no prep idea is to have students write in journals or notebooks after reading or listening to a text. Students can write (or draw) about many different things to demonstrate comprehension of the text. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Favorite character

How the book began or ended

The part you liked best

Where the book took place

What happened when....

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Students need to practice comprehension of a text in multiple ways. Here are some low-prep ideas for books you already have and use in your classroom. These ideas can be used regardless if the students read the texts themselves or listened to the texts.



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