Jenga Comprehension Questions: 


Ask FUN comprehension questions to your students while they play Jenga. I like to have three different Jenga sets with non-fiction, fiction and divergent thinking questions on them. I don’t write a question on every block so students have time to finish their game in a timely manner. Then, whichever question they answer last that makes the Jenga tower fall over, students provide a written response to the question in complete sentences using RACE (restate, answer, cite, explain).


If you have a lot of students, I suggest not writing questions on the blocks and just writing a number or letter on them and then have students draw a block and answer the question associated with that number so all three Jenga sets can be utilized.


See my list for fiction, non-fiction and divergent thinking questions.


If you have small groups, I recommend getting a giant jenga set and playing with the whole group. For giant Jenga, I normally ask two or three comprehension questions after reading a Newsela text and then we finish the game and I give students a question to answer on google classrooms about the text as a whole. Something like, “How did the character change from the beginning of the story to the end? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.” or “What is the main idea of the text and how do you know? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.”


For instructions on how to build your own giant Jenga set, click here.

Jenga for Comprehension

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