Work on reading comprehension and specific standards with these engaging and no-prep 3rd grade reading games! This resource includes 10 3rd grade reading comprehension centers for nonfiction reading skills and standards.
*Included are ten nonfiction reading centers, each consisting of one nonfiction text and a game board with 12 text-dependent questions.
*****Note: Center #9 includes a text about Alexandra Scott, a young girl who died of cancer. The message in the story is important (her giving back to others through her lemonade stand), and cancer is very real in many of our students’ lives. However, I wanted to point this out in case this is a sensitive topic and is not appropriate for your students.
The questions are a mix of reading comprehension questions (perfect for RI.3.1) and other standards-based questions.
The first five centers are only comprehension questions and do not include any specific standards-based questions. This will allow you to use these five centers while you are beginning to teach your nonfiction standards and your students are gaining mastery.
The alignment included in the resource shows which standards are included on which reading game. Use the alignment to help you choose the reading games that will work with your students at specific points in the year.
**Here are a couple of options for using these reading games in your reading centers or literacy stations:
Print the passage, and give it to the students at the beginning of the week. Have the students read the passage prior to going to the center. Then when they come to the center, they are ready to play the “game” and answer the questions. The passage could even be read as a whole class or sent home for homework.
This option works well if the students will have a chance to go to the center 2-3 times a week. The first day, the students will read the passage and discuss. Then on the 2nd or 3rd day, the students will “play” the game.
I have also included some options for playing and options for assessment, including generic exit slips if you wish to assess the center.