Imagine a simple worksheet with non-fiction reading passages where students practice goal setting, reading fluency, reading comprehension, inferencing, graphing (math) and interpreting data. Now imagine those reading passages including interesting facts and/or scientific facts for students to learn about. What?! That’s right!
These reading passages are one of a kind because they have a simple, clean format yet are jammed packed with learning! Students practice six skills in one worksheet! Skills include (as mentioned above) goal setting, reading fluency, reading comprehension, inferencing, graphing (math) and interpreting data. These non-fiction reading passages include interesting and scientific or historical facts. The December set has passages on Christmas in general (13 - 1 is on Jesus' birth), Christmas around the world (4), Pearl Harbor (1), winter (1), New Year's Eve (1). See full list of topics below.
1. Christmas (Jesus' birth)
2. Christmas Cookies
3. Gingerbread Houses
6. Christmas Trees
7. Christmas Caroling
8. Winter Wonderland
9. New Year's Eve
10. Christmas Cards
11. Christmas Music
12. Pearl Harbor
13. Christmas Parties
14. Christmas Dinner
15. Christmas Crafts
16. Christmas Giving
17. Netherlands Christmas
18. Christmas in Australia
19. Christmas in Mexico
20. Christmas in Japan
There are 20 worksheets included along with 20 answer keys. Each reading passage is between 48-61 words long. Students begin by setting a words per minute (WPM) goal. Next, they are timed reading the passage three times and calculate their WPM scores (formulas are included to make it easy…teachers can either teach students how to use a calculator or do this part for them. If too difficult or time consuming, simply have the student record the number of seconds it took to read and do not convert them to a WPM score). Then comes the fun part where students get to place dot stickers (or use a crayon to color dots) on the target to show where their score landed (close = within 10 WPM, very close = within 5 WPM, bullseye = reached or exceeded goal).
Once students finish reading the passage three times they graph 5 sight words based on the number of times they were used in the passage. Have students highlight each word in a different color in the passage. Then students read and answer 5 questions about the passage (reading comprehension) and about the graph (interpreting data).
These worksheets would make great morning work activities to get the brain moving first thing in the morning! They are also engaging because they are interdisciplinary, incorporating reading, math and science! Some teachers like to use them for progress monitoring and keep them in a student portfolio to show parents at conferences.
Use them for morning work, homework, literature centers, Response to Intervention (RTI), Daily 5, early finishers, one-on-one tutoring, independent work, partner work (students time each other), or even small group or whole class review (minus the fluency part).
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