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Seasonal Non-Fiction Reading Passages with Comprehension Checks

October 19, 2020

I have created many units and freebies, most of which include non-fiction reading passages.  Over the years, one of the most frequently asked questions I have received is about the non-fiction reading passages.  Many teachers have wondered if I have more of these or an entire packet of non-fiction passages.  Well, I'm so happy to finally be able to say, "Yes!" I now have a collection of Seasonal Non-Fiction Reading Passages and each passage comes with a comprehension check.


What's Included?

This Seasonal Non-Fiction Reading Passages with Comprehension Checks packet contains 109 high-interest informational texts on seasonal, science, and historical topics! Passages include fall, winter, spring, and summer topics. The included comprehension checks give students the opportunity to practice responding to the text using multiple choice, text evidence (using crayons to highlight evidence in the text), flow charts, bubble maps, and written responses. Each topic contains a full one-page text and an accompanying full one-page comprehension check. Answer keys are also included.


Google Classroom Integration
Included are both print and digital versions. All texts and comprehension checks are also available as Google Slides. Students are able to read and respond to the texts digitally. Comprehension checks allow students to digitally answer multiple choice, text evidence, flow chart, bubble map, and written response questions. The digital version would be perfect for digital integration in the classroom or Distance/Remote Learning. Answer keys are included in only the PDF version, so students will not have access to the answers digitally.


Skills Covered

The comprehension checks cover skills including: author's purpose, main idea and key details, determining the meaning of words, text features, how specific images contribute to the text, describing how reasons support points the author makes in a text, describing connections between paragraphs in a text, using information from included illustrations to demonstrate an understanding of the text, and asking and answering questions such as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate an understanding of key details in a text.

These passages would be great to use for reading informational texts, practicing comprehension skills, fluency, assessing students' comprehension skills, test prep, small group instruction, RTI, literacy stations, independent reading, partner reading, and homework. Texts are written with Second and Third Graders in mind, which also makes them good for stretch texts for high-level First Graders or support material for below-level Fourth Graders.

Common Core Objectives covered in this unit are: RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, RI.2.8, RI.2.10, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, and RI.3.10



The following topics are included in this packet:

•School

•Playground Rules

•Friends

•Outside the Classroom

•August

•September

•Labor Day

•Grandparents’ Day

•Constitution Day

•Johnny Appleseed

•Fall

•October

•Christopher Columbus

•Having a Fire Safety Plan

•Owls

•Spiders…Not So Scary After All

•Bats

•Trick-or-Treat!

•November

•To Be A Voter

•Veterans Day

•The History of Thanksgiving

•Who Were The Pilgrims?

•The Mayflower

•Wampanoag People

•The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

•December

•The Winter Solstice

•Reindeer

•Celebrating Christmas in The People’s Republic of China

•Celebrating Christmas in The United Kingdom

•Celebrating Christmas in Ethiopia

•Celebrating Christmas in France

•Celebrating Christmas in Germany

•Celebrating Christmas in The Netherlands

•Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

•Celebrating Christmas in Italy

•Celebrating Christmas in Mexico

•Celebrating Christmas in Mexico

•Celebrating Christmas in Sweden

•How Does Snow Form?

•January

•Happy New Year!

•Chinese New Year

•Martin Luther King, Jr.

•Penguins

•All About Seals

•Polar Bears

•February

•Groundhog Day

•Black History Month

•It’s Touchdown Time!

•The Olympics

•The History of Valentine’s Day

•Sweethearts Conversation Hearts

•Taking Care of Your Teeth

•How to Brush, Floss, and Rinse

•A Visit to the Dentist

•Types of Teeth

•All About Primary and Permanent Teeth

•Parts of a Tooth

•What is a Cavity?

•Presidents’ Day

•What Does the President Do?

•How to be President

•Barack Obama

•George Washington

•Abraham Lincoln

•The White House

•Washington, D.C.

•All About Air Force One

•The United States Secret Service

•The Story of the Teddy Bear

•Leap Year Day

•Mardi Gras

•March

•Dr. Seuss

•St. Patrick’s Day

•Ireland

•Rainbows

•Tornadoes

•Hurricanes

•Earthquakes

•Rainy April

•The Easter Egg

•Rabbits

•Chicks

•Earth Day

•Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

•Mother Nature

•The Sun

•The Moon

•May

•Moms

•Memorial Day

•June

•United States Flag

•Father’s Day

•Summer

•July

•Independence Day

•Fireworks

•The Statue of Liberty

•The Liberty Bell

•Sharks

•Whales

•Dolphins

•Jellyfish

*Answer Keys


To purchase the unit, click here or on the picture below.


If you are interested, the passages are also offered separately in two packs: Fall & Winter and Spring & Summer.  To purchase, click on the packet names or the pictures below.


The following topics are included in the Fall and Winter packet:

•School

•Playground Rules

•Friends

•Outside the Classroom

•August

•September

•Labor Day

•Grandparents’ Day

•Constitution Day

•Johnny Appleseed

•Fall

•October

•Christopher Columbus

•Having a Fire Safety Plan

•Owls

•Spiders…Not So Scary After All

•Bats

•Trick-or-Treat!

•November

•To Be A Voter

•Veterans Day

•The History of Thanksgiving

•Who Were The Pilgrims?

•The Mayflower

•Wampanoag People

•The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

•December

•The Winter Solstice

•Reindeer

•Celebrating Christmas in The People’s Republic of China

•Celebrating Christmas in The United Kingdom

•Celebrating Christmas in Ethiopia

•Celebrating Christmas in France

•Celebrating Christmas in Germany

•Celebrating Christmas in The Netherlands

•Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

•Celebrating Christmas in Italy

•Celebrating Christmas in Mexico

•Celebrating Christmas in Mexico

•Celebrating Christmas in Sweden

•How Does Snow Form?

•January

•Happy New Year!

•Chinese New Year

•Martin Luther King, Jr.

•Penguins

•All About Seals

•Polar Bears

•February

•Groundhog Day

•Black History Month

•It’s Touchdown Time!

•The Olympics

•The History of Valentine’s Day

•Sweethearts Conversation Hearts

•Taking Care of Your Teeth

•How to Brush, Floss, and Rinse

•A Visit to the Dentist

•Types of Teeth

•All About Primary and Permanent Teeth

•Parts of a Tooth

•What is a Cavity?

•Presidents’ Day

•What Does the President Do?

•How to be President

•Barack Obama

•George Washington

•Abraham Lincoln

•The White House

•Washington, D.C.

•All About Air Force One

•The United States Secret Service

•The Story of the Teddy Bear

•Leap Year Day

•Mardi Gras

*Answer Keys



The following topics are included in the Spring and Summer packet:

•March

•Dr. Seuss

•St. Patrick’s Day

•Ireland

•Rainbows

•Tornadoes

•Hurricanes

•Earthquakes

•Rainy April

•The Easter Egg

•Rabbits

•Chicks

•Earth Day

•Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

•Mother Nature

•The Sun

•The Moon

•May

•Moms

•Memorial Day

•June

•United States Flag

•Father’s Day

•Summer

•July

•Independence Day

•Fireworks

•The Statue of Liberty

•The Liberty Bell

•Sharks

•Whales

•Dolphins

•Jellyfish

*Answer Keys

Happy Reading!

Election Day 2020 Classroom Resources

October 16, 2020


Several years ago, in the midst of an election season, I began to think about how to teach my primary-age students about the upcoming election and involve them in the process.  

I created differentiated texts for various readers about the candidates, found ways to incorporate math and literacy skills into the election process, and created a mock election in my classroom.  I am going to share those activities with you in this post, but I wouldn't expect you to do all the activities in one day!  I would recommend spreading them out over several days or a week. 

Differentiated Texts to Get to Know the Candidates
As a First Grade teacher, I try not to get into political issues in the classroom.  Instead, I chose to write factual biographies about the candidates, Donald Trump and Joseph Biden.  In class or in a small group setting, we read the texts and completed bubble maps to organize the information we learned.  The texts range from emergent readers to three differentiated passages.



Mock Election
After we read and learn about the candidates, on Election Day, I let my class participate in a mock election.  I keep it simple with a ballot and a ballot box.  The students get to fill out a ballot, cast their vote, and receive an 'I Voted' sticker.  



Analyzing Data
After everyone casts their vote, we count the votes and analyze the data.  We graph the votes for each candidate and answer questions about the data.  

Literacy Skills
In addition to reading grade-level text, I also incorporate the skill of ABC Order into our Election Day learning.  I teach the election vocabulary words throughout our learning, then students color the vocabulary picture, cut the cards out, place into ABC Order, and then glue onto another sheet.



If you like all of these activities and would like to do them with your class, click here or on the picture below to grab the unit from my TpT store!


The entire unit includes:
*What Does The President Do? Emergent Reader
*Who is Donald Trump? Emergent Reader
*Who is Joseph Biden? Emergent Reader
*Donald Trump Biography Passage (3 Differentiated Texts)
*Joseph Biden Biography Passage (3 Differentiated Texts)
*To Be President/To Be A Voter Passages
*Bubble Maps: Donald Trump, Joseph Biden, Presidents, Donald Trump VS. Joseph Biden Double Bubble Map, Sitting President VS. Nominee for President Double Bubble Map
*Who Will Win The Presidential Election? Graphing Sheets - 2 Differentiated Sheets
*Election Day ABC Order Sheet - Color, Cut, and Paste Activity
*Election Day Making Words Sheet
*2 Posters: Election Day and Vote Here
*Voter Identification Cards
*I Voted Badge
*Ballots (Two to choose from)

Happy Learning!
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