“Comprehending INFORMATIONAL TEXTS” is part of the easy-to-use—but challenging—activities series by CharlesF, developed to meet the rigor of Common Core Reading/Informational Text Standards 1 and 2.
These five activities work equally well at grades 4 through 8 because you choose an appropriately challenging text(s) for your particular students. The activities primarily focus on the skills of main idea, supporting details, and summary, but several also require students to show their understanding of text structure, text features, tone, and so forth.
ALL of the activities are text based, so they will work well with whatever informational texts you already have planned for your students.
Each activity has a “TEACHER PAGE” that tells you what you need to know. The “WHY” section lets you know quickly why you would want to do the activity and the “HOW” section provides a step-by-step plan.
Some activities feature a “SAMPLE” that helps students get the ideas flowing and/or an “EXTENSION”—an idea to use now or in the future.
ALL of the activities are easy for the teacher to prepare and easy for the student to follow. But this isn’t fluff. Thinking caps required here!