This resource includes a student copy and a teacher copy of each passage. The student copy has the border, and the teacher copy contains the number of words for each line.
To begin, I would use the passages as a fluency component. Using your district’s, DIBEL’S, Hasbrouck and Tindal’s, or other fluency standards, decide on a goal for your students. Time the students for one minute to see how many words they read. Subtract any errors. Have (or help) students graph their time on the chart on page 6. After the initial cold read, work with students on phrasing, expression, prosody, etc. I usually have students echo my reading a few times, then choral read. Repeat up to 4 times, having students graph each timing. (Timings and Graphing should only be done on an independent reading- not a choral or echo read.) Some students may even be able to do this independently at a reading or literacy center. They could time each other and help each other with decoding difficult words.
This resource also includes 18 comprehension questions. You may want to use them as worksheets or in a reading or literacy center. You may choose to cut them apart and use them as task cards or for playing scoot. You could tape the questions up around the room and have students find and answer each question. You could even send the passage and questions home for homework. The questions are perfect for standardized test prep.
This resources has many wonderful uses. It is an entire, themed pack, which could be used to fill your literacy centers for at least 3 days.
If you are working on fluency or comprehension with your students, you could also teach the passages during guided reading.
- Teacher Tips
- Passage (student copy)
- Passage (teacher copy)
- fluency graph
- 18 comprehension questions/cards
- recording sheet
- answer key
The reading level of the passage is about 3rd-4th grade