This product includes 12 fun, interesting passages with February themes accompanied by an activity in which students locate text evidence to support their responses.The Common Core State Standards have “raised the bar” on the comprehension expectations of 3rd-5th grade students. Students should not only be able to ask and answer questions about text, but be able to locate excerpts from the text that support their answers. It seems that young readers are often able to find the literal/explicit text that supports a statement, but are less able to make inferences related to the text. It was with this idea in mind that I designed the format of this product.
This product includes twelve (1 page or less) passages with a February theme:
• 3 stories about groundhogs (2 with a fantasy genre and one informational article)
• 1 informational article about Abraham Lincoln
• 1 informational article about George Washington
• 7 stories about Valentine’s Day written as realistic fiction
The reading level of these passages may be a bit high for your students (particularly 3rd graders) so PLEASE read the articles ahead of time to determine if a whole class read aloud would benefit your students.
At the end of each passage you will find 6 “true/false” statements. First the students determine if a statement is true or false and write their answer on the line. Then they need to find text that has something to do with the statement and underline it using a color code as follows:
If the statement is explicit (or almost exactly) stated in the text, the students should underline both the true/false statement, and the targeted phrases or sentences with a GREEN pen or marker.
If the reader needed to “make an inference” to determine if the statement was true or false both the statement and the corresponding text need to be underlined in BLUE pen or marker.
The only statements that should not be underlined are the ones marked “don’t know”, which means the text does not contain enough information to determine if the statement is true or false.
An answer key is provided, but in many cases there is not just one correct answer.. Therefore, you will need to use teacher judgment according to what you think is most beneficial for your class when choosing to underline sentences in blue or green. Purposeful ambiguity may encourage meaningful discussion of the text!
Please take a look at the preview, which contains several examples from the product.If this material fits the instructional needs of your students, I invite you to take a look in my store, which has many K-5th grade products in a variety of subject areas. Links to related products are also provided below. Thanks for your interest!
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by Amy Bratsos
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