Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages Animals BUNDLE

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These animal nonfiction reading comprehension passages are sure to be a hit with your first grade, second grade, or third grade students! These nonfiction passages are both printable and a digital resource, therefore, perfect for use both IN the classroom and for distance learning!

Your students will improve their understanding of nonfiction by answering questions that involve main idea, cause and effect, compare and contrast, finding facts, sequence, inferring vocabulary. Students review and practice identifying nonfiction text features with these 26 animal passages. Help students understand informational text in an engaging way!

Use these comprehension passages for whole group, guided reading groups, and literacy centers, independent reading, reading interventions, test prep, assessment, homework, etc. The digital version is perfect for distance learning / remote learning!

Please see the preview for details of the contents of this product! Also, please note this product is the PRINTABLE AND DIGITAL version! If you do not have a need for the digital set, check out the PRINTABLE ONLY version by clicking HERE.

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What's Inside? :

26 nonfiction reading passages (a-z, one animal for each letter, both DIGITAL and PRINTABLE versions)

Multiple-choice and short answer comprehension questions

Suggested Ways to Use the Passages

Nonfiction Text Feature Find Cards (Students hunt and mark the text features in the passages to preview the text before reading, both DIGITAL and PRINTABLE versions)

Graphic Organizers (KWL, Can Have Use Are chart, Five Minute Fast Fact ABC chart)

Writing Paper for students to extend their learning of the animal

Students review and practice these nonfiction text features:




Fact Box




Animals Included:

A - Alligator

B - Black Bear

C - Camel

D - Dolphin

E - Echidna

F - Flamingo

G - Giraffe

H - Hyena

I - Iguana

J - Jaguar

K - Koala

L - Lion

M - Meerkat

N - Newt

O - Orangutan

P - Penguin

Q - Quetzal

R -Rhinoceros

S - Sea Otter

T - Tarsier

U - Uakari

V - Vampire Bat

W - Walrus

X - X-Ray Fish

Y - Yak

Z - Zebra

***These passages are classroom tested and student approved! Please note these passages are targeted for 2nd and 3rd grade, however higher 1st graders have used these successfully, as well!

Common Core Standards:

2nd Grade: RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.7, RI.2.10, W.2.2, SL.2.1

3rd Grade: RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.10, W.3.2, SL.3.1

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


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