New! Reading Comprehension: Jackie Robinson
4th - 6th
In this reading comprehension activity, students read a short passage about Jackie Robinson, then answer 4 multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
Mid-Unit 1 Assessment and Close Read of Section 24 of the Great Law of Peace (Iroquois Constitution)
Assess what your young readers have learned about close reading by asking them to read an article and answer questions using evidence drawn from the provided text. Although part of a complete unit focused on the Iroquois, the assessment could be used independently.
Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having students create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.
Short-Term and Long-Term Savings Goals
Fifth graders discover how saving money can apply to their lives. In this personal finance lesson plan, 5th graders use the book The Leaves in October, as a conversation starter on income, savings and setting goals. Students explore the difference between long-term and short-term goals and practice using a savings account passbook. This lesson plan consists of one whole group activity and two small group activities.
Practicing Reading Closely: Section 1 of the Great Law of Peace (Iroquois Constitution)
The third lesson in a unit study of the Iroquois focuses on developing reading skills. Pupils brainstorm the actions of close readers and record these behaviors on an anchor chart entitled, “Close Readers Do These Things.” Guided by the list, the class begins a close reading of Section 1 of the Great Law of Peace (The Iroquois Constitution). As a unifying activity, learners also add to their anchor chart, “Things to Tell Tim,” started in lesson two. Although part of a complete unit, the close reading approach could be used with any informational text.
Reading Comprehension 3 (Level 7)
Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? Whether your readers are English language learners or native speakers, assess their reading comprehension with this short passage and the seven multiple-choice questions that follow. A detailed answer guide is provided to help learners understand the correct answer for each question.
To Kill a Mockingbird Reading Guide
Provided here are dozens of questions to guide readers through reading all 31 chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. Suggested answers are included. Most of the questions focus on plot recall, although some do require deeper-level thinking.
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Reading and Responding: Lesson 12
Fourth graders participate in reading a poem. They practice test-taking strategies, answering multiple-choice questions, and answering short-answer questions. They continue to practice these techniques and strategies and use them in all their subjects.
Formal versus Informal Language
Engage in an activity that focuses on the concepts of formal and informal language use. Middle and high schoolers compare and contrast each style by using a Venn diagram that includes some examples. They read and hear a passage of lyrics from a rap star and identify the type of language that is being used.
Reading Comprehension: Thunder and Lightning
Thunder and lightning are so exciting! Your class gets to read all about it. This informational reading passage provides them with a scientific explanation of thunder and lightning. They read the passage, answer comprehension questions, and think of synonyms to replace four descriptive words from the text.
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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA