Holidays Around the World Close Reading Unit with DIFFERENTIATED Texts!

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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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This resource is a fabulous collection of 10 different holiday celebrations from all around the world in both a printable and digital Seesaw version... perfect for traditional classrooms and for distance learning!

This close reading unit offers each article on 3 different levels of text and vocabulary complexity. The differentiation is done for you! You are able to provide all of your students with the same content while meeting each of their individual reading level needs.

High resolution photographs enhance the articles and increase student engagement. Your students have the opportunity to document their learning in the included Holidays Around the World Student Passports throughout the unit.

The holidays/countries included in this unit are:

Diwali- India

Las Posadas- Mexico

Hanukkah- Israel & countries around the world

Santa Lucia- Sweden

Kwanzaa- America

Ramadan- Indonesia & countries around the world

Epiphany- Spain

Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Germany

Christmas in Australia

Each article explains specific details about the holiday. Each article is followed by 3 pages of text dependent/ close reading questions. The first set of questions are explicit text dependent questions. the second set focuses on vocabulary and requires students to use some inferring skills. The final set of questions asks students to synthesize and explain what they have learned using higher order thinking skills.

These articles are all offered in both printable and Seesaw version. The Seesaw version includes links to 3 different leveled passages for each holiday. You simply assign the version that meets each individual's needs!

*Please note: at this time the student passport is not offered in a Seesaw version. You may use the TPT digital tool to offer this passport to your virtual students.*

The student passport (which is also a stand alone product: Holidays Around the World Student Passports) includes:

-4 passport covers to choose from (1 full color version and 3 versions that students color).

-A student “information” page to use in the front of the passport

-3 passport pages for each country – A page with a summary of the holiday celebrated in that country, a page with simple review questions, and a page for students to summarize what they know about the country’s holiday. You can have students use all 3 pages for each country, you can differentiate the passport booklets for the different needs of your students, or you can choose which pages to include.

-Blank passport pages for students to collect “stamps” as you learn about each country.

-A page of colorful circles that include a symbol for the holiday and the country name. These can be cut out and each student can glue one “stamp” into their passport.

The Lexile levels of the included texts vary from 400-1000 to meet the needs of all of the readers in your classroom. The texts also make excellent Shared Reading experiences for younger students!

There are so many ways to use these articles in your classroom!

-You may have students read the articles independently using the article that best matches their individual reading level. (The article and text dependent question sheets make great morning work or weekly homework!)

-You may use the articles for small group instruction

-You may choose to use an article written at a higher level for a Shared Reading experience or Shared Close Read this is especially meaningful for young students or students with a lower independent reading level. Exposing these students to more rigorous texts and holding them accountable for their comprehension is an excellent way to help struggling students meet the standards!

In the preview you will see a small portion of what is included. I hope you and your students will love this product as much as we do!

*********Here is what others have to say about this product: ***********

-This is a wonderful product. Met the needs of all the different levels of readers in my room while keeping them engaged. They loved learning about all the different holiday celebrations!"

-Very thorough product! I love that each holiday comes with differentiated texts. I was able to make these into books for my students with texts at their level. Thank you so much, I love this!"

-"My first grade students really benefitted from the differentiated passages. Great for our holidays around the world unit!"

-"My students loved learning about the different cultures and the different levels helped my students connect and share what they learned with their families."

-"I really appreciate the differentiated passages! Such a meaningful way to help my students be more open-minded!"

-"This rocked! The kids learned a lot about other traditions, as well as how to find text based evidence. Thank You."

-"I used this throughout the month of December as part of my holidays around the world unit. My students loved reading these! I loved that different levels provided and that all of the major religions were covered. This was money well spent!"

-"Excellent resource. My students loved learning about all of the different holidays included in the pack. I loved that each passage came in 3 different reading levels! Thanks!"

-"This went along so well with my Holidays Around the World unit and I love that all of my kiddos have something to read versus just the "high" ones."

-"I love the three levels of text on the same topic but the same questions for each group. Excellent resource for this time of year!"

*** I also offer a Holidays Around the World Bundle that is written for emergent readers. For kindergarten and first grade students you may want to check out Holidays Around the World- Kindergarten/ First Grade BUNDLE Close Reading & More!

*** I offer many more differentiated close reading resources! If you like this resource you may want to check out my HUGE Nonfiction Close Read Bundle- Animals and Habitats- Differentiated Texts!

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115 pages
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