March Madness Reading Challenge - 3rd & 4th Grade

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My students loved this! They had so much fun and I love how it kept them engaged the entire time! I will definitely be using this each year!
My students absolutely loved this challenge. From a teacher is a great review before state testing and so easy to implement.


Let March Madness and test prep combine in this fiction and nonfiction reading comprehension challenge! This engaging and rigorous march madness classroom activity will help your students understand important reading skills and practice ! It requires students to read 15 unique passages and answer text evidence questions to cover many standards and skills!

Why will these challenges help your students grow?

Engagement- Students will be engaged from the beginning to the end of the challenges. In this March Madness activity won't even realize how hard they are working and how much they are learning about hard skills!

Rigor- This March Madness challenge is HIGH LEVEL and make students really think about the text. They also work on many reading skills.

Low Prep- Want a March Madness activity where all you need to do is print and go?! Well this is for you! All you need is a basketball hoop (or trash can)! Or you can just put it on Google Drive!

What’s Included?

*Teacher Guide and FAQ

*15 Unique Passages in Both Nonfiction and Fiction

*Questions that require high level thinking

*Answer Key

*Google Drive Version to save paper!

Students will become a basketball team and you will complete a march madness tournament. Each round two teams will play, but everyone will read and answer the questions.

If they get the question correct they shoot to determine the winning team for that round. (There are four different questions for each passage)

All of the other teams will earn points for their correct answer.

The final team is the march madness champion.

The team with the most points is the MVP of the tournament!

*Activate the excitement students already have over march madness by completing this March Madness activity in the classroom and making them engage in rigorous material*

Check out this blog post to learn more!

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What are others saying?!

Catherine P. -"It was very engaging, especially for my students that love sports. Also I loved that I could use it around this time of year and have students relate to it."

Jordan U.- "My students loved using this resource! We incorporated it into our march madness kickoff."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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