NINETY-FIVE original 3rd grade leveled close reading passages and activities that are PERFECT for teaching your students to become masters of close reading. There are seventeen standards-based earning targets in this product. Each learning target has 5 passages specifically dedicated to it except for all of the comparing learning targets because they all have a total of 10 passages so that your students can compare away!
Each passage has 2 pages of carefully written and consistent close reading tasks or text dependent questions. The first page of close reading tasks is specifically aligned to the learning target identified at the top of the page. The second page of tasks is a SPIRAL REVIEW of all the informational learning targets for the grade level. This is perfect for holding those kids accountable for everything they have already learned! No skill slipping on your watch!
THE STANDARDS-BASED LEARNING TARGETS INCLUDED ARE:
• ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (Common Core Standard RI.3.1)
• MAIN IDEA (Common Core Standard RI.3.2)
• CONNECTIONS (Common Core Standard RI.3.3)
• WORD MEANINGS (Common Core Standard RI.3.4)
• TEXT FEATURES (Common Core Standard RI.3.5)
• AUTHOR’S POINT OF VIEW(Common Core Standard RI.3.6)
• IMAGES AND DIAGRAMS (Common Core Standard RI.3.7)
• TEXT STRUCTURE (Common Core Standard RI.3.8)
• COMPARE AND CONTRAST (Common Core Standard RI.3.9)
• ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (Common Core Standard RL.3.1)
• MESSAGE, LESSON, OR MORAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.2)
• CHARACTERS (Common Core Standard RL.3.3)
• LITERAL VS. NONLITERAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.4)
• TEXT STRUCTURE (Common Core Standard RL.3.5)
• POINT OF VIEW (Common Core Standard RL.3.6)
• ILLUSTRATIONS ADD TO STORY(Common Core Standard RL.3.7)
• COMPARE AND CONTRAST (Common Core Standard RL.3.9)
This pack includes both of these products:
This bundle does NOT include the "Add-On" Differentiated Extension Packs. But you may be interested in these packs. They include ALL of the passages in these products rewritten at a lower level for your struggling or developing readers. They can be found here:
DIGITAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION INCLUDED
In addition to the traditional printable pack, the activities in this download can also be assigned via Google slides or Google Classroom, which makes it very versatile for digital distance learning.
To see a video overview of the digital version as well as instructions for assigning these passages using Google Docs or Google Classroom, check out these videos:
CAREFULLY CRAFTED READING PASSAGES
Each passage falls within the Lexile level of 450-790, which is the standard expectation for 2nd-3rd grade. The Lexile level is marked at the top of each passage. There are a variety of literature text types including poetry, narratives, and plays. The informational text types range between STEM topics, science, history, and opinion pieces. The formats include website simulations, magazine articles, and texts with multiple diagrams. In terms of interest level, EVERY passage is written with a 3rd grader in mind.
WHAT STANDARDS IS THIS ALIGNED TO?
This product is most closely aligned to the Common Core standards. However, everything is referenced as “learning targets” so that it is applicable within any 3rd grade classroom. There are two options in this download. You can choose to either use a version that makes references to Common Core or a version that does NOT make references to Common Core. The content is the same in both files, but this option gives Common Core schools a specific reference to the corresponding standard, which may be helpful.
WHAT CAN THIS BE USED FOR?
This is perfect for class-wide close reading, assessments, guided reading groups, or homework. Your students must refer to the text and provide textual evidence of their understanding.
Check out these reviews from some happy customers...
"If you are on the fence about buying this product or the bundle of Literature + Informational, DO IT! The informational product by Teaching and Tapas was the most used product in my classroom last year by far, and I am ecstatic that I can use the literature one as well this year. It's like Christmas came early. Everything I have bought from Teaching and Tapas is always top quality and can be used over and over again in the classroom. Thank you for such AWESOME products!"-Lindsay M.
"A 3rd grade teacher's dream come true - literally. Amazing text, LOVE the step by step piece by piece directions (for example, go back in the text and color this answer green, this one purple, etc) Perfect for my kids who need that extra push to follow directions and absolutely aligns with CC in terms of having students PROVE their answers with evidence directly from the text! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - MsP 3B Busy Bees
"The passages are AMAZING! Talk about interesting and engaging! WOW! This will make my year soooo much easier, and the kids will love the interaction with highlighters! SUCH a great deal for the price!" -Amanda M.
The Common Core standards consider 2nd and 3rd grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 450-790. That means I use many (about 85%) of the same texts in both the 2nd and 3rd grade products. I only modify the passages slightly for text complexity and to better match the specific grade level standards. However, you will see that the questions and tasks on each of these grade level products are completely different and aligned to that grade level’s standards. If a 3rd grade teacher is looking for something to differentiate for lower level readers, I suggest my 3rd Grade extension packs - Informational DIFFERENTIATION PACK, Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK.
- Alyssha Swanson