Close reading works to help teachers gradually release responsibility to students while reading. The process of close reading enables students to feel comfortable and independent while tackling complex texts.Teachers model the practice of reading closely and then teach strategies that will help students to reading closely in the future. Close reading gives children the opportunity to take NEW information from a text and add it to their existing background knowledge to increase their schema.
Looking for some close reading passages to engage your students and integrate science? Come explore four different animals with amazing eyes! 56 pages filled with engaging, kid-tested resources! All activities have differentiation built in. There are two versions of each handout to make it easy for you to copy.
This pack is great for 2nd and 3rd grade, but can also be used for advanced/gifted 1st grade or remediation in upper elementary.
It can be used for small group, independent work, or even weekly homework!
Ideas of how to implement
CCSS alignment for 2 & 3 grade
4 Close Reading Passages (Tarsier, Eagle, Cuttlefish, Butterfly)
Handouts are ALL DIFFERENTIATED by questions and appearance:
4 Vocabulary Builder (primary lines)
4 Vocabulary Builder
Read, Think, & Respond (primary lines)
Read, Think, & Respond
Ask an Expert! - Short version (primary lines)
Ask an Expert! - Short version
Ask an Expert! - Writing prompt (primary lines)
Ask an Expert! - Writing prompt
Main idea & key detail of each paragraph (lined)
Main idea & key detail of each paragraph (blank)
-Informational: I can write about animal eyes.
-Informational: All About _________.
-Opinion: I would like to have ________ as a pet because...
-Opinion: I would like to be _________ because...