Reading Comprehension Kickball

A kinesthetic lesson to engage students in reading comprehension using a familiar game of kickball. The lesson can be modified to fit any story and time frame of the classroom. However, planning and prep work for materials must be completed to make this lesson work effectively. This game can be easily modified for ant text that you want to measure the reading comprehension of your students. It starts off simply answering questions, then as students move around the bases they are asked to about characters challenges, comparing themselves to the character, sketching favorite parts of the story, writers style, mood, theme and plot questions. This is easy to adapt to fit your needs as a teacher of reading, or content areas.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.2.6
Deliver effective oral presentations.
GLE 0601.8.1
Read and comprehend a variety of works from various forms of literature.
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Learning objectives: 


  • This is an interdisciplinary lesson, (physical education and reading). It involves the kinesthetic learner whom we frequently overlook during academic subjects.
  • TSW (The student will) employ his/her knowledge of text structure, including description, sequencing, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and problem/solution to construct meaning from a reading selection. (CCSD 1.7) 
  • TSW analyze the influence of setting on characters and on how the problem or conflict is resolved. (CCSD 3.3)
  • Effective questioning techniques are used to develop thinking skills. (CCSD Element of Quality 2)

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials needed: 

  • Class List 
  • Lap boards or a hard writing surface 
  • Markers 
  • Pencils 
  • Construction paper 
  • Lists of comprehension questions in plastic sheet covers: Style, setting, mood, plot, and character 
  • Kickball 
  • 3 bases and a home plate 
  • Activity sheet for 1st base 
  • Activity sheet of “final projects” for home plate 
  • 3 boxes and 3 folders to hold things in at the locations