You can use the passage during a reading block. The passage is high-interest and extremely engaging for students.
This resource includes a student copy and a teacher copy of the passage. The student copy has the border, and the teacher copy contains the number of words at the end of each line.
To begin, I would use the passages as a fluency component. Using your district’s, DIBEL’s, Hasbrouck and Tindal’s, or other fluency standards, decide on a goal for your students. Time each student for one minute to see how many words he/she reads. Subtract any errors. Have (or help) students graph their time on the chart on page 6. After the initial cold read, work with students on phrasing, expression, prosody, etc. I usually have students echo my reading a few times, then choral read. Repeat up to 4 times, having students graph each timing. (Timings and Graphing should only be done on an independent reading- not a choral or echo read.) Some students may even be able to do this independently at a reading or literacy center. They could time each other and help each other with decoding difficult words.
This resource also includes 16 comprehension questions. You may want to use them as worksheets or in a reading or literacy center. You may choose to cut them apart and use them as task cards or for playing scoot. You could tape the questions up around the room and have students find and answer each question. You could even send the passage and questions home for homework. The questions are perfect for standardized test prep.
This resources has many wonderful uses. It is an entire, themed pack, which could be used to fill your literacy centers for at least 3 days. If you are working on fluency or comprehension with your students, you could also teach the passages during guided reading.
This passage has a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 8.1, but this may be because of the Spanish vocabulary words.
Also included are other center activity ideas including a Cloze passage, writing prompt, and making words activity.
1 student passage
1 teacher passage
3 center activities
optional color cover