Research shows that both reading and writing instruction are most effective when they are connected. This packet of differentiated non-fiction articles and activities all about topics appropriate for December is an effective way to connect reading to writing in your classroom. These activities are aligned with Common Core reading and writing standards (CCSS).
Included are 4 differentiated reading activities that connect reading to writing with post-reading writing activities. The differentiation provides accessibility for a variety of students. Each topic includes three leveled readings at lexile levels (basic, on grade level, advanced) appropriate for grades 3-5, and three leveled activities to match the readings. Each reading on a topic contains the same information, but the language varies slightly to achieve easier or more difficult readability.
Each page is marked with the CCSS standard it satisfies and a discreet symbol that tells the teacher the level of the reading or activity. Though these activities are aligned specifically with 4th grade CCSS, they can meet standards for both 3rd and 5th grades as well.
Reading topics cover 4 winter holidays from different cultures and religions:
-Christmas Around the World (Christian)
-Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)
Reading/Writing skills include:
-Using Textual Evidence
-Main Ideas and Details
-Comparing and Contrasting
The nature of this packet allows for it to be used for differentiated whole group instruction, reading groups, or literacy centers.
Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS or the WIDA ELP Standards are solely those of Tools for Teachers by Laurah J. and have not been evaluated by the NGA or WIDA.