Practice paired reading in fiction and nonfiction with the discovery of caves in Virginia! This six-page activity begins with reading a nonfiction passage about the discovery of Grand Caverns, located in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and then answering questions. Students are prompted to go back to the text and highlight or underline where they found the answer (or a clue for the answer, in the case of an inference). Students answer questions about information that was presented in the passage, as well as fill in missing information on a chart.
On the third page, students read a fiction story (although based on a true story) called Lights Out! They then answer questions that compare the fiction and nonfiction passages.
The fifth page has a line graph that shows the year that six different Virginia caves were discovered. The questions involve interpreting the information presented on the graph.
Finally, the last page is a writing prompt to get kids thinking about what would happen if they discovered a cave. Questions help kids think through ideas to give them a starting-off point.
This activity provides perfect practice for paired reading comparisons found on state tests. It also provides related math and writing practice about a high-interest subject!
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