These short nonfiction passages are perfect for 1st and 2nd grade students learning about Earth Day. They will also work for developing readers in 3rd grade who are not yet meeting the grade level expectations. Even if the text is simple for some of your readers, the social studies topics are thought-provoking and the open-ended question format allows each child to respond at their respective ability levels.
Each passage includes 6 comprehension questions... 3 multiple choice questions and 3 written response questions. If you are short on time, you can choose to copy only the first page of each passage. The first page of each will provide a complete set, but the second page of each text allows for deeper thinking, longer responses, and engaging classroom conversations. I encourage you to use those if you have time.
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to see samples of each page in the document.
• What Is Earth Day?
• Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
• Turn It Off!
• Hiking and Biking
• Let's Plant a Tree!
YOUR KIDS WILL PRACTICE:
• recalling text-based information
• understanding the author's purpose
• making connections
• inferring, planning, and extending their thinking beyond the text
• synthesizing information
• supporting opinions
• persuading others
• and learning key vocabulary such as environment, pollution, and recycle
OPTIONS FOR USE:
• enlarge with a document camera and model reading strategies with the whole class
• combine students in pairs or in small groups to read and respond collaboratively
• assign one text per small group of students and have them orally report out on their specific topic... they might even make a poster or chart to present information... this is my favorite option! :)
• use as informal assessments after social studies lessons
• send home as homework
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