Holidays Around the World: Europe Edition Close Reads

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Save 20% when you buy the Holidays Around the World: December Close Read Bundle!

Check out the Holiday Passport Freebie to go along with these close reads!

Close reading works to help teachers gradually release responsibility to students while reading. The process of close reading enables students to feel comfortable and independent while tackling complex texts.Teachers model the practice of reading closely and then teach strategies that will help students to reading closely in the future. Close reading gives children the opportunity to take NEW information from a text and add it to their existing background knowledge to increase their schema.

Looking for some close reading passages to engage your students and integrate social studies? Come learn about holidays in Europe! 98 pages filled with engaging, kid-tested resources! All activities have differentiation built in. There are two versions of each handout to make it easy for you to differentiate.

This pack is great for 2nd and 3rd grade, but can also be used for advanced/gifted 1st grade or remediation in upper elementary.
It can be used for small group, independent work, or even weekly homework!

Ideas of how to implement
Weekly Layout
7 Close Reading Passages: The Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Ireland

Handouts are ALL DIFFERENTIATED by questions and appearance:
4 Vocabulary Builder (primary lines)
4 Vocabulary Builder
Read, Think, & Respond (primary lines)
Read, Think, & Respond
Ask an Expert! - Short version (primary lines)
Ask an Expert! - Short version
Ask an Expert! - Writing prompt (primary lines)
Ask an Expert! - Writing prompt

Graphic Organizers:
Main idea & key detail of each paragraph (lined)
Main idea & key detail of each paragraph (blank)
Visualize & Question (primary lines)
Visualize & Question
Analyze the Author (primary lines)
Analyze the Author

Writing Prompts:
7 different writing prompts to write about each country's traditions
Primary and regular lines available


You can also take a look at my other close reading passages here:
Close Reading Passages

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