All About PENGUINS Reading Comprehension Main Idea Text Features Context Clues

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This nonfiction reading activity all about penguins combines a high interest topic with reading comprehension practice. It teaches main idea, using context clues, vocabulary, and text features. It is also a great way to integrate science into your reading instruction!


  • What are penguins?
  • Penguin Habitats
  • Diet
  • Predators
  • Penguin Families
  • Types of Penguins


  • 6-chapter printable book
  • Cut-and-glue titles
  • Vocabulary cards with definitions
  • Vocabulary graphic organizer
  • Full color, digital version
  • Links to supplemental websites and videos about penguins
  • Answer keys


This interactive book makes an excellent activity for your reading centers. It can be also be used for independent reading practice or during your guided reading groups.

To complete the book, students will:

  • Read each page, using context clues to fill in the missing information

  • Determine main idea and choose the correct title for each chapter

  • Complete the table of contents by adding titles in the correct spot

  • Use a glossary to understand new vocabulary about penguins

  • Complete a companion activity - complete a word search using vocabulary from the text

The vocabulary and definition cards can be use during whole group instruction to build background knowledge about penguins or as a matching activity during centers. The companion graphic organizer can be used to further reinforce learning of new vocabulary.


This resource includes a full-color digital version in Easel that features:

  • moveable pieces
  • embedded audio that reads the instructions and glossary page aloud
  • embedded video
  • full-color photos not included in the print version
  • self-checking answers

These digital activities can be assigned in your online learning platform (LMS) for students to complete on any device. For more information on Easel Activities, see this GETTING STARTED GUIDE.

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What are Interactive Reading Comprehension Books?

These books provide a great way to integrate social studies or science into your reading instruction. Students will learn all about a specific topic while working with informational text, using text features, determining main idea, and gaining new vocabulary. These are hands-on, cut and glue activity books that can be used in centers, small group, or for independent work. High interest text keeps them engaged.


❤️ "This has been SO much fun! All of my students have been engaged in completing this book and we have all learned a lot about penguins! Thank you!" - Sarah H.

❤️ "The fill-in format for comprehension was especially useful for my kiddos who have memory deficits that impede showing what they know. Text length was good too, not too short or too long for my group" - Christine C.

❤️ "My grade 2/3 class loved this booklet. I use it as an independent learning center. I think the best part is that it has everything you need to practice research including kid-friendly links to learn even more." - Nicole C.



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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