Tops and Bottoms Activities for Reading Comprehension

Tops and Bottoms written by Janet Stevens is a wonderful tale about how hard work pays off. The lazy bear lets the hare do all of the work and in the end, it backfires. This story is great for teaching message to readers. This activity pack is filled with comprehension strategies to focus on the Common Core State Standards. There are also writing and word work activities. It also includes a few fun math games too. Students will have fun creating the broccoli, carrot, and corn craft.


Tops and Bottoms activities included:


  • Retell Prewriting & Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting & Writing


  • Roll and Move in the Garden
  • Vegetable Garden Roll & Add
  • Tally Graph
  • Vegetable bar graph

Reading Strategies:

  • Questions
  • Character Sort
  • Plant Sort
  • Predicting 2 options
  • Character Feelings Bear
  • Check for Understanding 2 options
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • Cause and Effect
  • My Opinion
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Character Analysis Hare
  • Message
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Sequencing Cut &. Paste 2 options
  • Retelling B, M, & E 2 options
  • Features of Fiction

Colorful Posters:

  • 6 questions on a ring
  • Main idea
  • Details/sequencing cards words only
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Sees, does, thinks, feels with 4+ matching cards for each one
  • Problem and solution cards
  • Message posters 2 options


  • ABC Order
  • Syllables
  • Word Search


  • Broccoli Craft
  • Carrot Craft
  • Corn Craft
  • “I prefer…” Letters for Bulletin Board
  • Tops, Bottoms, Middles Colorful sign

©Megan Mitchell