⭐️Students of all reading levels can learn and practice comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts with these 31 unique paired passages. Texts are Lexile® certified close reading comprehension passages and question sets that span CCSS Text Complexity Bands for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
⭐️Reading comprehension passages are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing context clues skills. Aligned to CCSS RI2.9 &RI3.9, RI4.9 & RI.5.9, students learn to compare passages (2nd & 3rd) and integrate information from multiple sources (4th & 5th) using text evidence.
⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for helping students learn context clues skills.
⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and four skills-focused test passages. Questions for passages focus on the specific standard for each grade range.
⭐️Broad differentiation makes this bundle perfect for:
- 2nd & 3rd grade classes with on, and above- level readers
- 4th & 5th grade classes with below and on-level readers
✏️Lexile Levels – Each passage contains a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 2nd grade/3rd grade and 4th grade/5th grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for second and third grade is 420L-820L and the range for fourth and fifth grade is 740L-1010L).
✏️Integrated Color Coding – Color coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.
✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.
✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.
✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original passages with high-quality photographs designed to engage students of all levels and interests.
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★ Sarah W. said, “High interest passages at a variety of Lexile levels. I like that students are required to provide evidence for their answers. My 3rd graders really enjoyed working on these. I preferred to use them in small groups. Thank you!”
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Resource 1: Comparing & Contrasting Nonfiction- 2nd Grade RI.2.9 & 3rd Grade RI.3.9
1. How Readers Compare and Contrast Journal page
2. Compare/ Contrast Graphic Organizer
3. Practice Passages & Question Sets
- What to Pack for a Camping Trip- 730L /Camping at Yellowstone National Park- 620L
- Alexandra Scott’s Mission- 780L /Alex’s Lemonade Stand- 670L
- Abraham Lincoln: 16th President- 790L/The Most Influential Presidents in U.S. History- 680L
- Walt Disney’s Career- 760L/Walt Disney: The Man Behind the Magic- 790L
- The Tropical Rainforest- 770L/Cats in the Tropical Rainforest- 560L
- African-American Civil Rights Movement- 810L / Segregation During the Civil Rights Movement- 820L
4. Test Passages & Question Set
- Fresh Food Is Fuel- 760L /Healthy Kids Are Happy Kids- 700L
Resource 2: Integrating Information 4th Grade RI.4.9 and 5th Grade RI.5.9
1. Integrate Information from Multiple Texts Anchor Chart & Journal Page
2. Practice Passages & Question Sets
- Types of Reefs- 760L / The Great Barrier Reef- 770L / Reefs in Danger- 790L
- Blackbeard- 800L / Piracy- 910L / Modern Pirates- 930L
- Kanzi the Bonobo- 780L / Akeakamai and Phoenix the Dolphins- 860L / Koko the Gorilla- 880L
- A Feared Predator- 900L /A T. Rex Named Sue- 880L
- The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle- 1020L /The Bermuda Triangle: Mystery Solved- 970L
- Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy- 980L /Frida Kahlo’s Art- 980L
3. Test Passages & Question Sets
- Stephen Hawking’s Life- 850L /Stephen Hawking: One of Science’s Greats- 930L
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2nd Grade Reading Comprehension
3rd Grade Reading Comprehension
4th Grade Reading Comprehension
5th Grade Reading Comprehension