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In addition to teaching values and encouraging children to let their imaginations run wild, Children's Stories That we read in the afternoon or on the weekend is a great excuse to practice with our children one of the most important skills they must acquire: reading comprehension. We propose you a very curious story entitled 'The visit of Rat and Mouse', written by Marisa Alonso. We have accompanied this story with some reading comprehension exercises for you to propose to your children.
When Rabbit and Rabbit invited Rat and Mouse to spend the dayThey did not think they were going to take it so literally.
- What time will you get home? - Rabbit asked.
- We have nothing to do. We will arrive around ten in the morning - replied Rat.
- About ten in the morning? Doesn't it seem a bit early? - Rabbit repeated looking at Rabbit, crossing his eyes.
The next day, a little before the agreed time, the couple knocked on the door.
Rabbit was the one who received them.
- Hello, Mice! How was the trip? - Asked trying to hide.
- Rabbit is taking a bath. It will come right away! - He told them, stroking his hair with his paws, as he had not had time to clean himself.
Rat and Mouse leaped into the burrow and quickly settled in.
- I'll bring you something to eat while Rabbit arrives! - Rabbit said.
- Great! Won't you have those delicious cookies you always make? - Mouse said in the most natural way.
When Rabbit arrived at ten o'clock, found Rat and Mouse having milk and cookies for breakfast.
- Good morning, Mice! What time is it? - He said thinking he was late.
The morning passed chatting animatedly.
- I'm hungry! - Mouse exclaimed suddenly.
Rabbit looked at Rabbit, crossing his eyes again and said:
- It's okay! The food is prepared.
While Rabbit was serving the guests, Rabbit set the table and distributed the food.
After eating Mouse asked again:
- Won't there be any cookies from before? It is that I usually take candy after eating - he said by way of excuse.
He spent the afternoon chatting animatedly. They talked about going for a walk near the lake, but the mice declined the invitation.
- We are very comfortable here! - they said.
The sun went down and the moon came up and they were still sitting in the same place as in the morning.
As they did not get up, when it was time for dinner, Rabbit said:
- I'm going to put some dinner! - to which the guests happily agreed.
Around midnight Mouse and Mouse said they were running late and they started saying goodbye. As they walked out the door they said:
- We will be back!
And this time it was Rabbit who crossed his eyes.
We started to work on reading comprehension! To do this, we propose different exercises based on what you have read. Remember that the goal of improving this skill is for children to understand everything they read. And it is very important that the little ones know how to read the words, but also that they understand the meaning conveyed by the story. Therefore, if your children have not been able to respond to any of the activities, you can reread the story as many times as you want.
1. Reading comprehension questions
- Who went to Rabbit and Rabbit's house?
- Did the guests arrive late?
- Did you want to go for a walk?
- In the end, did they leave Rabbit and Rabbit's house or did they stay to sleep?
2. True or false?
- Rabbit and Rabbit invited Mouse and Rat to spend a day at their house.
- Rabbit and Rabbit were surprised that their guests arrived at their house so soon.
- Mouse and Mouse returned home soon, because they did not want to disturb.
3. Fill in the sentences with what you have read
- Mouse asked for ____ also after eating.
- When Rabbit saw that his guests were already at home, he thought ____ was coming.
- Before leaving, the guests said: ____.
In addition to practicing reading comprehension, children's stories can be used to practice other skills and knowledge they have acquired in other subjects. Here are some exercises related to spelling and grammar.
4. Look for the accents!
How good are your children to put the accents when appropriate? Give him the following exercise:
- Find three acute words, separate them into syllables and mark the stressed syllable.
- Find three plain words, separate them into syllables and explain why it has or does not have an accent.
- Search for a word esdrújula. Remember that it must always have a tilde!
5. Synonyms and antonyms
Will you be able to find a synonym for the following words that we have taken from the text? Also think of its antonym.
6. Practice verb tenses
In what verbs are these verbs in the story? Point out the mode, time, person and number of each verb.
- You will arrive
- He found
- Take a walk
And, to finish, we propose other very entertaining activities to do with your children after reading the story.
7. We open conversation!
This story can lead to a very interesting conversation about the situation that Rabbit and Rabbit encounter when Mouse and Mouse go home. Here are some activities that could help you lead the conversation.
- How do you think Rabbit or Rabbit felt about Mouse or Mouse's visit?
- Do you think the rabbit couple has been bothered by something about the mice?
- Do you think that the mice have taken advantage of a bit of the reception of rabbits?
- Do you remember a time when you have felt this way?
8. To paint
Encouraging your children to draw a picture about what you have read is a more entertaining reading comprehension activity. And it is that the little ones will have to remember the story they have just read. In addition, it will help you to get an idea of how the characters and settings in the story have been imagined.
9. Music teacher
Finally, we suggest you use the story you have read to make the lyrics of an invented song. As you may have already noticed, this is an excellent creative exercise, but it also serves to practice reading comprehension. And it is that if your children have not paid attention to what they have read, they will not be able to write a letter adjusted to the text. To make it a simpler activity, you can use a song that you already know as a melody.
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