I received a copy of Evan-Moor’s Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Grade 2 in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. The opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own and were no way influenced by anyone.
We are working on strengthening reading comprehension with Gwen right now as she keeps choosing books for independent reading that are a bit above her reading level. I don’t want to discourage her from the challenge since she’s reading and finishing the books. But I do want to ensure that she’s retaining and understanding what she’s reading.
Her regular reading curriculum touches on comprehension but we really wanted to find something that would help her build a good foundation in comprehension and strengthen her skills so I was thrilled to be able to test out this book with her.
The Reading Comprehension Fundamentals are available for Grades 1 – 6. You can purchase the physical book or you can choose the e-book format to download and print at home. You can even view a flip-through of the entire workbook before purchasing!
How Reading Comprehension Fundamentals Works
This workbook can be used alone to reinforce or strengthen skills or it can be used alongside Evan-Moor’s Daily Reading Comprehension.
The book is grouped into 4 sections:
- Comprehension Activities for Nonfiction Texts
- Nonfiction Genre Study
- Comprehension Activities for Fiction Texts
- Fiction Genre Study
Within these 4 sections there are a total of 33 units, each focusing on a specific strategy or skill. Some examples include main idea and details, sequence, making inferences, summarizing, comparing and contrasting, story ingredients and understanding different genre styles.
The units have 1 or 2 activity pages each that include instructional information in a box at the top of the page. These activity pages include a variety of response formats including multiple choice, constructed response and open ended questions.
The units also include a 1-page text selection that is geared toward the skill for that unit. The text page is followed by another activity page with questions based on the informational text.
Each unit ends with a unit review to test your child’s understanding and mastery of the skills in that unit.
This book is designed in a format that does not require you to work through the units in a particular order. You can choose the units that you need to work on specifically with your child and hop between the sections as needed.
Another great feature is each page is marked in the top right corner with the skill or strategy and the genre. This is an awesome reference for your child as they are working.
My Thoughts on Reading Comprehension Fundamentals
Overall, I really like the layout of this book. I think having the short, focused units will be extremely beneficially when we want to pull this book out for reinforcement. Gwen was also easily able to walk through a unit on her own with very little help since the units are so clearly organized and explained.
The reading passages were varied and kept her attention throughout the units. Many included photos and illustrations which helped greatly to keep her on task and interested.
I think the activity pages provide just enough questions. However, I wish there were a few more activity pages for some of the units. I think Gwen would have benefited from a little more practice in some of the areas.
The length of the passages were just enough to challenge her without being too long for one sitting. We enjoyed several of the passages and ended up going back to re-read them just for fun.
Another bonus is the answer key in the back of the book. I love having the written sample responses to discuss after the activity pages are completed. Especially if her answers differ greatly from the answer key. Plus, she is able to check her work on her own when necessary.
Since the book is organized by skill, I’m going to plan some lessons around the specific skills that she has trouble with. This will allow us to dive a little deeper into each one, using this book as an anchor.
You could definitely pair this with the Daily Reading Comprehension for a complete reading curriculum or use it as a supplement for reinforcement. That’s one of the reasons we love Evan-Moor titles. They are extremely versatile and easy to use as a complete system or as supplements where needed.