These reading comprehensions will test your students' reading skills as they explore three engaging news stories from February 2017. Using research skills and their reporters notebooks, the young journalists will find out about:
Mass whale stranding in New Zealand
Hundreds of pilot whales beach themselves on Farewell Spit. Tourists. Students will explore why this happened and what happened to the whales.
World War Two Bomb panic in Greece
A huge unexploded bomb is found in Thessalonica. 75,000 people are evacuated. Your students will discover why bombs from both world wars are still causing problems in Europe.
Miraculous survival of Australian farmer
A truly amazing story of the human will to survive. Dan Miller was pinned in a waterhole beneath his digger. He survived for five hours with just his nose sticking out of the water.
Each story comes with questions and answers, and will require students to check dictionaries; summarise stories; think critically; retrieve facts; and prioritise statements.
A template for a news story is also provided so children can write them up for themselves. A scaffold is included to show them how to fill in the boxes. Finally, posters are enclosed if you want to make the students’ work into a simple, effective display.
As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material.
3: INCHES FROM DEATH!
4: Heartbreak of the Whales
5: PANIC IN GREECE!
12: How to write a newspaper article
13: Newspaper template
14-16: Posters for display
While you are here...
I have compiled a number of other comprehensions that you may be interested in. I’m sure your students would love to find out about these exciting stories
The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot
Mysteries of the World
World War One
Christmas Reading Comprehensions
The Royal Family
Stories of Survival
The above titles are also all featured in my Mega Comprehension bundle:
Mega Text Bundle
You should also check out the following comprehensions, which are not part of the bundle:
World War Two Diaries
Around the World in 8 Days
The Day the World Stood Still
Stars of Rio 2016
Festivals of the World
Black History Month
In the News!
FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL!
Leaders and Presidents
The Fawkes Files
WW1: How The War Was Won
Easter: Characters of the Cross
A bit about me:
Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are of great importance for students to know about.
Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops.
Your students will benefit from my reading comprehensions in guided reading, close reading, and lessons right across the curriculum. The comprehensions are closely aligned with Common Core, testing and developing skills in summarising, recall, inference, word meaning and contextual understanding.
I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down!
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