I have designed this close reading pack to bring non-fiction text to early elementary students so they can read, re-read, and mark the text through guided instruction! This could even be used as independent work for higher readers. With Common Core and a growing need to find and cite evidence from the text, it is important that we teach children how to read for information and pull out evidence relevant to the question or task at hand.
There are two levels of text, with the lower level containing concise information, less words, and a larger font for the ease of tracking for those emergent readers. The higher level is packed with information and more difficult vocabulary words. HOWEVER, the information given is not compromised and the concepts that students search for in the text are the same! Overall, all students will be learning the same concepts but at different levels, which is the goal with differentiation. The articles are only one page so that early elementary students do not have to flip back and forth among pages in a book searching for information.
With engaging text about animals, students will enjoy this 'hide and seek' approach to reading for information. Important information is embedded in these texts, and students just need to find it! They are asked to mark it up by highlighting, circling, underlining, putting shapes or smiley faces next to specific facts, searching for answers to fill in the blank, understanding the meaning of vocabulary words etc.
On top of that, they are given graphic organizers and even writing responses where they are asked for form opinions and think critically about real world issues.
If you like this, you may want to check out the Ocean Animals pack! Coast to coast, you can find topics for animals that your students may already be familiar with, and animals that your students are curious about!