February 5th Gr - Close Read Comprehension Passages & Complex Questions

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This is the February Packet for 5th Grade!

*Includes excerpts from African American authors and biographies of famous African Americans in honor of Black History Month!**

*President's Day Context Clue Fun!*

All of the following excerpts, charts, passages and diagrams are associated with either a variety of multiple choice reading comprehension questions, open-response questions, student inquiry, both short and long answer questions or a combination of strategies.

Students will get acquainted with taking complex-question assessments. Use for; weekly assessments, pre-assessment, post-assessment, progress monitoring, and whatever else you have in mind!

Questions involve; close reading, using context clues, inference, poetry elements, plot, characterization, analytical reading, comprehension, reading for meaning, vocabulary and so much more!

February Packet Includes:
1- Nonfiction – The Olympic Games
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, facts, main idea, drawing/labeling

2- Nonfiction – Using Context Clues Presidents of the Unites States
- 7 different context clues activities featuring all 44 presidents.

3- Nonfiction – Groundhog Day – The Groundhog Legend
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, creating summary using key details

4- Nonfiction- Hurricanes
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, differences, using diagrams, drawings
- PLUS – Extra Activity – Draw a diagram of a hurricane and label specific parts.

5- Fiction – Excerpt from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, point of view, characterization, plot, setting

6- Nonfiction – Love Locks Bridge
- Key Elements: Close read, understanding text, symbols, main idea, inferences
- PLUS – Extra Activity – Design your own Love Lock

7- Fiction – Excerpt from Bud, Not Buddy
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, characterization, plot, setting, point of view, figurative language, compare/contrast
- PLUS – Extra activity – Plot Connections

8- Poetry – They Were My People
- This is a challenging poem and analysis. It is on the 4/5th grade Common Core exemplars.
- Key Elements: Poetic elements, historical context, theme, rhythm, prose summary

9- Nonfiction- Sweet Hershey’s Chocolate
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, timeline, structure of nonfiction passage

10- Biography – Benjamin Banneker
- Key Elements: Close read, understanding an historical figure

11- Biography – Daniel Hale Williams
- Key Elements: Close read, understanding an historical figure

12- Biography – Mae C. Jemison
- Key Elements: Close read, deciphering meaning, understanding an historical figure


****PLEASE NOTE: Because Common Core groups 4th/5th grade very similarly, this packet is extremely similar to the 4th grade packet! (Same passages with same questions). The concepts and ideas are the same for all students to master!

Resources/Literature/Answer Key Included- All of these works have copyright information listed on the reference/literature page and/or I have been given permission to use the passages in my packet. The last page is a complete literature/ bibliography of the works that are used in this packet as well as resources that I may have utilized while creating this packet.


CCSS/Lexile levels Included on the answer key for those states still included in Common Core!

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Have a great year!
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February 5th Gr - Close Read Comprehension Passages & Comp
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February 5th Gr - Close Read Comprehension Passages & Comp
February 5th Gr - Close Read Comprehension Passages & Comp
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