Fill in the blank stories serve several purposes ... They can be used as reading activities in the classroom or as reading tests. Most importantly, they can help the teacher determine your child’s reading comprehension level.
College professors who teach future teachers say repeatedly, “Reading is not simply the calling out of words. Understanding what you have read is what reading comprehension is ... Reading IS comprehending.”
There are three different types of reading levels … recreational level, frustration level, and instructional level.
Teachers may use several different evaluations to determine your child’s reading levels.
The instructional level is the highest level at which your child can read and understand. This is the place the teacher will use in the classroom to instruct your child, to teach him new skills and vocabulary.
The recreational reading level, also called the independent reading level, is the spot where your child can enjoy reading. Reading on his own, he can easily understand the story or the message.
The frustration level is the third type of reading level. And as suggested by its name, this is where the reading is just too difficult.
While all three levels of reading are important for the teacher to know, you – as the parent - want to know how this information can help you.
I'd say, simply avoid buying books that are too difficult for your child to read. When he's learning to read, you don't want him frustrated. You want him to enjoy reading!
Here’s a suggestion: Take your child to the public library or a bookstore, and go to the children’s section. Allow him to choose a book and read a page or two aloud.
He should be able to read the book he has chosen with 90% accuracy. That is, if he misses MORE THAN one word out of every ten, the book is too hard for him.
Teachers know what to do, but if you’re interested in seeing HOW they do it, here is ONE strategy they may use to determine the reading level of your child.
Fill in the blank stories are examples of cloze exercises. Here, the child reads sentences with words missing. Then, he fills in the blank with the correct answer.
Here are some examples of fill in the blank stories: