This packet includes five (5) two-page comprehension and skill worksheets (along with teacher's answer key)--one for each anchor text in Unit 1 of the 5th Grade Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys reading series. They are designed to correspond with the students' "second read" and to practice the Common Core standards addressed in each section. This packet also includes a vocabulary worksheet with answer key for each lesson.
The anchor texts in Unit 1 include:
Lesson 1: “A Package for Mrs. Jewls”
Lesson 2: “A Royal Mystery”
Lesson 3: “Off and Running”
Lesson 4: “Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood”
Lesson 5: “Elisa’s Diary”
My teaching team uses these worksheets each week during our small group and whole group sessions. Our higher level groups re-read the anchor text and complete the comprehension worksheet independently. The average group re-reads the anchor text and completes the worksheet in pairs, and the lower level group re-reads the anchor text with our Title I teacher and works as a group to complete the worksheet as guided practice. The worksheet is reviewed after completion with all groups to reinforce target skills and to give opportunities to re-teach Common Core skills and specific comprehension points students may have missed. Multiple choice and open-ended questions are designed to reinforce skills, review main ideas, and prepare students for the weekly assessment.
The vocabulary worksheets were developed to address difficulties students were having learning and applying lesson vocabulary. Each worksheet is comprised of fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice vocabulary items designed to prepare students for the weekly assessment.