12 Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions [vol 1]

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12 Differentiated NONFICTION Reading Comprehension Passages with Coloring Pages For the ENTIRE YEAR (Volume 1)! Start using this resource in August for your back-to-school activities with the schoolhouse passage. In September, use the Johnny Appleseed passage. In October, the spider passage, and continue using it all year long. Or jump in partway through the year.

Each of the 12 nonfiction reading passages comes in 3 levels for instant differentiation (for grades 3-8)! Many teachers in 2nd grade like these as well—you will find that I have included sample pages in the preview—please see those to determine if the reading levels are a good fit for your students.

(If you require easier reading passages, you may find this resource to be more suitable, Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages and Coloring Pages for Grade 2.)

This volume is included in my Reading Comprehension BUNDLE

Other reading comprehension volumes are available (each volume covers different holidays, has different images, and covers different reading strategies each month).

Together Art with Jenny K. and Brain Waves Instruction like to put the ART in English Language Arts. That is why we have teamed up to bring you a fun, creative, and innovative way to use nonfiction reading passages as you support 21st-century skills in your classroom all year long!

These coloring pages aren’t your standard color by answer pages. The final artwork will be as unique as the student that created it.

Art integration in 1-2-3

Students will…

1. Read the nonfiction passages.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Turn the answers into unique art!

These activities are perfect to use when preparing for:

• Standardized assessments

• Homework assignments

• Literacy centers

• Art centers

• Before or after school breaks

• Morning work

This resource will complement any reading instruction or holiday celebration you are planning for your classroom. It would also look great with my We Heart Reading collaboration poster.

Each passage targets a critical reading comprehension skill. Each artwork coordinates with the reading passages for different holidays and seasons of the year. You can use them in succession or pull them out of order and use them in a way that works best for you. Start using this no prep resource any time of the year and use it all year long!


• Context Clues – Emperor penguins

• Sequencing – Abraham Lincoln

• Cause and Effect – Recycling

• Author’s Purpose – Water Conservation

• Drawing Conclusions – Monarch Migration

• Compare and Contrast – Soil vs. Hydroponics

• Predictions – Boston Pops Fireworks

• Summarizing – One-Room Schoolhouse

• Main Idea – Johnny Appleseed

• Fact and Opinion – Spiders

• Inferencing – Veterans Day

• Point of View – Poinsettias

Art integration is powerful for your students. When your students work on this resource, they will be improving the following art-related skills.

• Creative thinking

• Creativity

• Problem-solving

• Innovativeness

• Fine motor skills

• Color theory

• Exposure to new ideas

• Experience with art materials

• A chance to see the artwork of their peers

What will you need?

  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers in regular primary and secondary colors.
  • Copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper (optional )
  • Glue (optional)

Other Collaborations Brain Waves Instruction and I both believe in the power of Art Integration. We have co-authored many resources. Here is a list of some of our favorites.

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Jenny K.


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