You can use these simple, nonfiction reading passages with non-readers and fluent readers. You can use them during whole group or guided reading groups. Here are some ideas...
*Provide fluent readers with their own copies of the passage. Students can highlight passages and then record the information on the corresponding category charts.
*Read aloud the passage to nonreaders. Create a class chart based on the facts. Or read the passage and have students trace the facts on the cut-and-paste fact sheets.
*Ask beginning readers to highlight key words or sight words.
*Identify verbs and nouns and make lists. (For example, for bats, fly, migrate and eat could go on the verbs list. The nouns list could include wings, fangs and ears.)
*Project the passages or have them printed onto poster-sized paper for use with shared reading.
*Put all of the passages in a center to create an independent research area.
* These passages were created to complement the charts and writing frames in the unit
Thinking about Nocturnal Animals: Smart Charts and Writing Frames."
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