Help your students practice their reading comprehension skills. This unit is designed to provide extra practice for your fall reading comprehension curriculum in both fiction and non-fiction. I have other programs in my store with more extensive practice activities for Key Details, Main Idea, and Story Structure. This unit has a several activities for each of these reading comprehension skills. It is meant to supplement a classroom curriculum. The unit follows my own classroom procedures for introducing new comprehension skills this time of year. The materials could be used any time of year if your curriculum map is different from mine.
The focus is on practice of close reading skills. At this time of year, I want students to build their reading comprehension skills. I have provided original informative and fiction text passages so they can mark the text and then go back and review what they thought was important as they answer the questions or do the activities. Each passage is 1 to 2 pages in length and there are student pages to go with each text.
The focus for informative text activities is on: Key Details and Main Idea. I include activities so that students can begin to understand supporting details and facts.
The fiction stories are followed by activities that practice Story Structure including Characters and Events in a story.
The stories are short and are built on problems common to 2nd and 3rd graders. The activities that follow focus on learning about story structure and what readers can expect in each part of a story. There are lessons on character, setting, events and problem and solution.
The focus for the informative text activities is to help students learn that they must base their answers on the information in the text. They are repeatedly asked to look back in the text to find and prove their answers.