1st Grade Reading Comprehension Differentiated Reading Passages for Entire Year

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Jodi Southard
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I used these within my classroom for both small groups and whole groups. The kids were engaged and loved the passages.
I used this with my below level students when I taught 2nd grade. I had trouble finding a just right fit for them to use in guided reading. This was perfect.

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    Teaching your first grade students important reading comprehension skills is an important part of the emergent reader journey. With students at multiple levels differentiated reading passages is a must! Fill your first grade reading comprehension lessons with these monthly guided reading packets. Each guided reading packet includes a total of 24 differentiated reading passages containing both fiction and nonfiction passages! All the passages are designed with your first grade emergent readers in mind. With 24 reading passages per month you have everything you need to teach reading comprehension skills to all your students, no matter their skill level.
    Differentiation is easy with these Reading Comprehension Passages. In addition to the variety of passages, you also get a lesson plan, vocabulary, comprehension activity and writing response for every passage! This is TRULY a one-stop shop for your small group reading lessons. You will be set with 1st grade reading passages for the entire year with this all in one bundle!

    1st Grade Reading Comprehension Differentiated Reading Passages includes:

    • 10 monthly packets of first grade reading passages
    • Each month includes 8 passages in 3 differentiated levels (24 passages total)
    • Each passage includes a lesson plan, vocabulary word cards, a pre-reading activity, comprehension focus graphic organizer, and a writing response page

    1st grade reading comprehension skills covered for each month include:

    • September: Main Idea & Details, Summarizing, Important Details, Compare & Contrast, Characters & Setting, Making Predictions, Sequencing
    • October: Compare & Contrast, Sequencing, Main Idea & Details, Characters & Setting, Problem & Solution, Describing Words
    • November: Main Ideas & Details, Summarizing, Compare & Contrast, Important Details, Visualizing, Characters, Story Sequence
    • December: Main Idea & Details, Facts & Questions, Compare & Contrast, Author's Purpose, Inferences, Cause & Effect, Drawing Conclusions, Fact or Opinion
    • January: Main Idea & Details, Facts & Questions, Summarizing, Fact or Opinion, Sequencing, Cause & Effect, Character Analysis, Story Elements
    • February: Main Idea & Details, Important Details, Compare & Contrast, Fact or Opinion, Story Elements, Sequencing, Making Inferences, Visualizing
    • March: Summarizing, Main Idea & Details, Facts & Questions, Important Details, Story Elements, Describing Words, Drawing Conclusions, Author's Purpose
    • April: Main Idea & Details, Fact or Opinion, Compare & Contrast, Important Details, Visualizing, Retelling, Describing Words, Story Elements
    • May: Sequencing, Compare & Contrast, Labels, Summarizing, Describing Words, Visualizing, Story Elements, Reality or Fantasy
    • June: Main Idea & Details, Important Details, Compare & Contrast, Summarizing, Describing Words, Story Elements, Visualizing, Reality or Fantasy

    Who are these differentiated reading passages best for?

    This packet was created for a 1st grade classroom, but it includes three different levels of reading passages.  The on-level passage will work well for the majority of 1st graders, while the beginning level works best for struggling 1st graders or kindergarteners. The highest level passages work well for advanced 1st graders or on-level 2nd graders. You may download the sample to get an idea of the levels of each passage.

    How can I use these 1st grade reading comprehension passages in my classroom?

    This is a HUGE TIMESAVER when planning for small group reading lessons each week.  With the three levels of differentiation, I can use the same topic for almost all of my reading groups.  I use these weekly during my small group reading lessons, but they would also work well in whole group or independent work.

    See What Other Teachers Are Saying . . .

    One of the BEST resources I have ever bought from TPT (and trust me I have bought ALOT)!! This has everything you can hope for! Absolutely no prep needed for your daily guided reading FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR! Having three different passages for each story at three different levels is amazing! This allows all the students in the class to practice the same reading skill, and learn about the same topic, but at a level that is good for them. LOVE LOVE LOVE this and use this almost everyday throughout the year!

    ⭐ This is an AMAZING resource for guided reading. I love the prediction pages with a picture that really help the students stay focused on the topic. Also, I love telling them their writing goal for the week which is included.

    ⭐ This is one of the best purchases I've made on TPT!  It allows you to use the same "Power Words" or vocabulary with your class, but the passages using the vocabulary are written at 3 different reading levels allowing all students to access the content!  It also contains a written option and reading response for each reading. Wow! This has saved me so much time! Thank you!

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
    Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
    Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
    With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.
    Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


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