Close Reading Comprehension Passages FREE Google & Easel with Audio Support

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Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Google Apps™
10 + google slides
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These three high-interest, no-prep passages are perfect for practicing close reading and reinforcing reading strategies.

Everything you need is on one page (or google slide). Each passage is presented at two reading levels (3-4 and 4-5) for easy differentiation. The included Show What You Know questions are identical for both reading levels. This allows you to discuss the passages altogether, even if you have students using different levels. A half-page annotation guide and answer keys are also included.

Plus, there are audio files for students that need that oral support!



  • 3 Dual-Level Reading Passages
    • Text-Dependent Questions


  • Google Slides
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • Audio Support
  • Self-Checking or Short Answer
  • Dual-Level Passages!

Great for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade! 

NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable. 

Included in this freebie:

  • Insects for Dinner - persuasive informational text
  • The Gorilla and the Monkey - an original fable
  • Alligator or Crocodile? - compare and contrast with image

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ "My students really enjoyed using this unit. They were engaged and became confident after using this resource in other areas of the curriculum." -MaryCarmel F.

✏️ "I used this resource for whole class instruction and practice so I could pull students independently to do other assessments during our morning language arts block. Worked well!" -Alison B.

✏️ "This was a great way to assess my students. I used these in the first two weeks of school to open our reading class. The length of the passages were just right, and the font was a nice size to look over students' shoulders to follow along with their reading. My special education teachers was really enjoying them as well." -Tiffany W.


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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. 

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.

SKU: 3294168

Total Pages
10 + google slides
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