Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence FREE

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
12 pages


Distance Learning. Homeschool Ready. The included stories and comprehension activities in this free sample require students to justify answers by color-coding text evidence. The motivating activities result in high student engagement as they think about what they read.

Resource Details

This sample includes two stories and activities from the effective Close Reading Color-Code Comprehension series - one appropriate for grades 3-4 and the other for grades 5-6. The first story can be used with 3rd grade and 4th grade. The other story is great for 5th grade and 6th grade. The passages and worksheets are close reading activities that focus on citing textual evidence. Full answer keys are included including suggested color-coding. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, tutoring, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet are designed to be printed in either color or grayscale with good results. The color-coding text evidence activities are effective for homeschool or summer practice.

I am confident you will find the color-coding text evidence a very effective resource. It requires students to be accountable for their choices by citing text evidence. It requires thinking and the act of coloring evidence with colored pencils is fun and motivating. You will likely experience your students wanting MORE of this type of activity. An entire packet is available for grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6. The 260-page bundle including all four resources is a great value and perfect to meet the varied needs of a differentiated classroom. See the links below for more information.

Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Grade 3

Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Grade 4

Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Grade 5

Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Grade 6

Close Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Grades 3-6 BUNDLE

Questions and Topics Addressed in this Resource

The stories in this resource can be used as an assessment tool to test upper elementary students in grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6 on their comprehension skill levels. The stories and questions on the printable worksheets adhere to core standards in the U.S and elsewhere. The text based evidence activity can be a great supplement to district and state curriculum requirements and are easily adaptable to existing lesson plans. Students enjoy doing detective work as they try to justify their answers and then color code text evidence examples that match their responses.

About the Author

My name is Rick Whitehead and I am a teacher, author, tutor, and mentor. I worked in the public school system for 28 years and was involved in teaching, tutoring, curriculum development, administration, school program design and implementation. I am the author of juvenile fiction and many educational products to help students learn and grow. I am the proprietor of Rick's Resources.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.


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