The Common Core Reading Collection contains TWENTY-FIVE different content-rich, meaningful reading assessments and 80 full pages of student work! These printables were created to target well over 40 different Elementary Level Common Core Informational Text, Literature, or Language Standards that my colleagues and I had a difficult time finding resource materials for.
Examples include using a table of contents and using indexes, comparing and integrating texts on the same topic, forming opinions on text, multiple accounts of the same event, sequencing in informational text, cause and effect, specific information in informational texts, and reading a variety of longer informational texts in grades 4-6, etc. Please see the descriptions of each printable below, which include reference numbers to the specific Common Core skills covered. This PDF download is 112 pages in length, with 80 of those being student work pages; the rest of the pages are either text-only pages or answer keys.
This bundled collection is best used with Grade 4-6 students and targets that age range. See the Preview for several examples of work included in the collection. Answers provided for everything!
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1) Personal Literature Responses - Use With Any Book
This comprehension printable was written to address Common Core ELA Standards RL.3.10, RL.4.10, and RL.5.10: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. This list of recall and interpretive questions allows students to demonstrate comprehension in their own differentiated way.
2) Common Core Practice: Main Topics of Paragraphs and Full Texts
This printable worksheet/activity was written to address Common Core ELA Standard RI.2.2: Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
3) Common Core Practice: Analyzing Multiple Accounts of the Same Event
This printable worksheet/activity was written to address Common Core ELA Standard RI.5.6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
4) Common Core Practice: Compare/Integrate Two Texts On The Same Topic
This printable worksheet/activity was written to address Common Core ELA Standards in Grades 2-4
RI.2.9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
RI.3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
RI.4.9: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
5) Common Core Practice: Oral Reading With Expression
This printable worksheet/activity was written to address Common Core Reading Standards RF.1.4b-RF.5.4b: Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
6) Common Core Reading Standard Informational Text: Reading Text Efficiently
This printable was created to address Common Core Standard RI.2.5 and RI.3.5. Students are very briefly introduced to reading efficiently (or skimming). This is followed by three different practice exercises. These texts are written at a Grade 4-5 reading level, and answers are provided.
7) Common Core Reading Standard Informational Text: Cause and Effect
This printable was written for Grades 3-5 and addresses Common Core ELA Standards RI.4.5 and RI.5.5. It includes a simple explanation of cause and effect, two sets of exercises with cause and effect, and a small creative activity at the end of the worksheet.
8) Common Core Reading Standard: Specific Information in a Text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
This is an effort to meet Common Core Standards RI.4.3 and RI.5.3. It focuses on having students use the specific information in a text to show an understanding of the important ideas/procedures involved. This is a set of four readings, each of several paragraphs. Two texts are based on analyzing advertisements or product instructions, one is a scientific text, and the fourth is a technical text. These are written at a 3rd-5th grade reading level. Answers are provided.
9) Common Core Reading Practice: Main Idea of Paragraphs and Entire Texts
RI.2.2: Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text. RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
This printable addresses the above Common Core reading standards and is written at a 3rd-4th grade reading level. Students first work to find the main idea of individual paragraphs in a text, and at the end of each exercise identify the main idea of the whole set of paragraphs. There are three different reading selections in the product, all of which are non-fiction and informational. Answers provided. This is not the same printable as #2 above!
10) Common Core Reading Practice: Using Context for Pronunciation and Stress
Common Core Standard ELA Foundational Skills RF.4.3a and RF.5.3a:
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
Students practice thinking and finding the correct pronunciation and syllabic stress with multi-meaning words such as con test' (verb form) and con' test (noun form) in 20 context sentences. Please see the preview for further information. Answers are provided. This worksheet leads to further discussion on thinking correct syllabic stress when reading aloud or silently.
11) Common Core Standard Practice: Sentence-Level Context Clues
L.3.4a: Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
L4.4a and L5.4a: Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Students read about sentence-level context and see examples of four different types of context clues. This is followed by three separate exercises where students use the context in a sentence or short article to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. Answers included.
12) Common Core Reading: Predicting Conclusions or Outcomes
Common Core Reading RL.3.5: Refer to parts of stories when writing or speaking about a text; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Students read six different unfinished short texts and decide what is most likely to happen next in the story. After they have chosen the most likely conclusion or outcome they identify from a list the clues that helped them to predict the conclusion. Please see the Preview for an example of one of the exercises. Answers provided.
13) Common Core: Connecting Text with Visual Presentations
Common Core Reading Standard RL.4.7: Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text.
Students read sections of a text and try to identify from a list what image or picture would best represent what they have just read. There are ten sections in total. Answers provided.
14) Common Core Reading Standard Informational Text: Sequencing
This is an effort to meet Common Core Standard Informational Text Standard RI.3.8. One thing I have never like about a lot of publisher-created materials on practicing sequence in reading is that they usually require students to read a text and then sequence 8-10 events in the story with numbers for 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. The problem with this format is that once students make a single mistake in ordering the events, all the other numbers are thrown off, they have made a mess of the whole worksheet, and they are frustrated. This printable avoids that by having them read a text and then choose which of three events given from the text comes before the other two (in a multiple-choice format). There are three short informational texts here on three famous Americans and at the end, a fictional text where students identify the LAST thing to happen. Students answer six questions on each of the four texts.
15) Common Core Reading: Form Opinions and Draw Conclusions
Common Core ELA Standard W.3.1: Write an opinion on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. Provide reasons that support the opinion.
This printable exercise offers students in Grades 2-4 the opportunity to read a variety of short paragraphs/situations. Students then write an opinion or conclusion sentence about what they have read as well as list the clues that led them to that opinion. There are fourteen paragraphs in total for students to work with, and they can discuss their conclusions and the clues they used and listed in writing when done. Answers provided.
16) Common Core Standards Practice: Table of Contents
Common Core Standard RI.1.5: Know and use various text features, including table of contents, to locate key facts or information in a text.
This is NOT a lower elementary or Grade 1 lesson on introducing and using a table of contents, but rather a review lesson for students when they are older than grade 1. It is best used by students in grades 3-6.
They are expected to have seen a table of contents before, and the questions asked are based as much on reading skills/observation/understanding the question asked as on the table of contents. This is a three-page printable with three different table of contents used and a total of 28 questions asked. Answers are provided for each exercise.
17) Common Core Standards Practice: Using An Index
Common Core ELA Standard RI.2.5: Know and use various text features such as indexes to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
This printable three-page worksheet provides students in grades 2-5 with:
1) identifying key words to use when looking up information in an index. (20 questions)
2) practice in identifying the best pages to look in a book by studying an actual index. (11 questions)
3) further practice in identifying the best pages to look in a book by studying another index. (12 questions)
18) Common Core Reading Practice: Frequently Confused Words
This printable addresses Common Core Language Standard L.4.1b: Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).
This printable introduces students to the twelve most commonly misused word pairs/trios in the English language. Definitions and examples of how to use each word are given, followed by practice with each of the words in three separate exercises.
19) Common Core Standards Practice: Using Text Features and Search Tools
Common Core Informational Text Standard RI.3.5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Students practice locating information efficiently on a simulated general research website with this printable. There are twenty questions written on the two different informational searches.
20) Common Core Informational Text Grade 4-5: Sheep Dogs
Common Core Informational Text Standard RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Students first read an engaging 600-word text on the role of working sheep dogs in the Western United States. This is followed by a set of nine questions that require students to refer to details and examples in the text in answering questions as well as to answer others using both explicit and inferential information given. This printable is designed for Grade 4-5 students and answers are provided.
21) Common Core Informational Text Practice: Working Elephants
Common Core Informational Text Standards RI.4.1, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.5.4
Students read an 800-word text on working timber elephants of Thailand, India, and Burma and learn about their physical characteristics, how they are trained, and how they work for humans. There are 30 questions aligned with the above CCS Informational Text Standards.
22) Common Core Informational Text Practice: The Great Wall of China
Common Core Informational Text Standards RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, and RI.6.5
An engaging historical and technical text of 900 words on the construction of the main part of the Great Wall of China by Emperor Chin Shih Huang in about 230 BC. There are 19 questions, ranging from simple to more challenging, each written to align with the above Common Core Informational Text Standards in Grade 6.
23) Common Core Informational Text Practice: Wonderful Wiggly Worms
Common Core Informational Text Standards RI.4.2, RI.4.7, RI.5.1, RI.5.2
Students read a 750-word student-friendly scientific text on earthworms, including interesting facts about them as well as their importance to soil and plant health. The text is followed by 13 questions written to align with Common Core Informational Text Standards in Grades 4-5.
24) Common Core Informational Text Practice: Native American Words
Common Core Informational Text Standards RI.3.1, RI.3.6, RI.4.1, RI.4.8, and RI.5.4
An interesting language/historical text on the great contribution of Native American languages to American English, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to place names for rivers, cities, and states. The text is followed by 19 questions written to align with key Common Core Informational Text Standards in Grades 3-5.
25) Common Core Informational Text Practice: Wooden Wonders
Common Core Informational Text Standards RI.4.1, RI.4.3, RI.4.8, and L.4.5c
An engaging informational text of 900+ words called “Wooden Wonders.” The topic is the importance and utility of wood, in all its variety and forms, to humans. The text is followed by 25 questions, from basic comprehension to evaluative short answer questions, written to align with the above Common Core Standards in Grade 4.
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