These 3 engaging, no-prep Text Time comprehension passages (written by a published children's author) are the "just right" way to help your students learn to support their thinking with evidence from the text. Each passage is presented at 3 reading levels so you can differentiate as needed!
The downloadable product is a printable product only. Print the pages you need and send them home in packets.
***********There is also a digital version using TpT's new digital tool. Just click the red "Open in Easel" button. This will give you access to a version with text boxes for student input and a highlighting tool to color the text. You can edit the digital overlay or use it as is.***********
The Show How You Know, text-dependent questions are identical for all three reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different reading levels. Note that some questions may be challenging for first-grade students, especially near the start of the year. Each page includes 3 short answer or multiple-choice questions. Most of the questions are paired with a crayon graphic. Students should color the crayon and then use that color to highlight the text where they find the relevant information.
Full-page answer keys are provided. Because the questions are the same for all three reading levels, I have used the middle version for the answer keys. When checking the text highlighting, note that it will vary a bit for the easier and the harder versions. Answers will also vary somewhat for short answer questions.
These passages could be used for morning work, at a center or station, as part of a reading packet, with a small group, as homework, as enrichment for younger, highly capable students, as remediation for struggling students, or as test prep. For interactive notebooks, just cut the two sections apart.
About the Author
All of these passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, and several others. You can find my books on Amazon (I also write under the names: Lynette Robbins and Tori Miller). These passages are well-researched, well-organized, and age-appropriate. They are no different than those you would find in a published nonfiction book.
Minds in Bloom