This is a pack of five realistic fiction stories each with three differentiated activities that can be used independently, in whole group, small group, and even in centers. I wrote it with for third grade, but could be used for intervention, in ESL, or special ed.
I personally wrote each of the stories; they are entirely original and written for high-interest at the third grade level. The skills covered are inference, how characters change, cause and effect, text to self, forming opinions, sequencing events, visualizing, descriptive writing, adjective usage, imaging, character study, plot, prior knowledge, solutions to conflict, and two reading strategy comprehension posters are also included.
NEW: I added a character sketch organizer and writing page. I also added core standards for grades 2-4 as well as a feature called, ESL Insights which is a guide to using this product with ELL students
Colored pages reproduce well in black and white. Activities include the following third grade core standards:
Common Core (Reading Comprehension)
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
Provide reasons that support the opinion
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Another close read to consider:
A Dandelion's Life
Keep your little readers accountable:
Buddy Reading Response Sheets