This 24 page animal facts packet works for extra comprehension support, fluency practice, test prep or review. This product has high-interest animal selections that are rigorous enough to help your students with needed comprehension skills, yet just long enough to hold interest.
The packet has a table of contents sheet with links, so all you have to do is use Ctrl and a click to go to the page you want in the packet. There are text-dependent questions, vocabulary and an extended response for each selection.
I included a cause/effect riddle activity that could be used in a literacy center as well as an organizer to compare/contrast animals. There is a fact web and fact writing page.
Animals included are:
Skills addressed include:
- identifying details
- understanding content
- expanding vocabulary
- making inferences
- drawing conclusions
-writing responses to text
-identifying nonfiction text
-NEW: animal facts web
-NEW: animal facts writing
-NEW: ANSWER KEY FOR ANIMAL SELECTIONS, RIDDLES, AND CAUSE/EFFECT SORT
RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.10, RF.3.4
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.10, RF.4.4
RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI. 5.3, RI.5.10, RF.5.4
I do not plan to give this packet to students all at once although you certainly could do that. I intend to use it as high-interest test prep animal by animal and also as a springboard for portfolio writing and research. I’m planning to put the card match-ups into a zipper pouch and put them into a pocket portfolio with three-hole binder brads. That way I can keep all the pieces of this file together in the pockets, too.
The reading level as determined by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade-Level Scale is 5.5. I intend on using this for some guided third grade guided instruction as well as fourth and fifth grade ESL classes. I would probably not expect grades below fifth to be able to do this packet independently although there are some students below fifth grade who would do fine with it. It would be excellent for middle school independent work for students on grade level.
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