Nonfiction Reading Passages | Toy Inventions | Printable & Digital | Google

The Owl Teacher
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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These high interest, engaging Toying Around with Reading reading passages provides your students with text-dependent questions and helps them practice essential nonfiction reading comprehension skills.

This resource covers the following reading skills

✓ text dependent questions (text evidence and support)

✓ summarizing and paraphrasing

✓ author's point of view

✓ author's craft

✓ main idea and supporting details

✓ cause and effect

✓ inference

✓ sequencing

✓ use of language and terminology

These nonfiction reading pieces are just one page in length. They are perfect for reading practice, response to intervention, guided reading, independent reading, homework, content area reading, early finishers, review activities, small groups, partner work, whole group, reading centers, and so much more!

Additionally, these nonfiction passages can be used together as paired reading texts for comparing and contrasting passages of the same topic, for close reading, or for fluency practice. They range from low 4th grade level to low 6th grade.

In this resource you will find nonfiction reading passages centered around the invention of popular children's toys. You will receive the following titles:

✓ Walking Springs (about the slinky)

✓ Playing with Your Vegetables (about Mr. Potato Head)

✓ Silly Putty Tricks (about Silly Putty)

✓ Superball leads to the Super Bowl (about the Superball)

✓ Tracking Down Toy Trains (about Toy Trains)

✓ Clean Up with Play-Doh (about Play-Doh)

✓ Racing to the Finish Line with R.C. Cars (about Remote Controlled Cars)

✓ I Go Up to See. I Come Down Because I Saw. (about the See-Saw)

✓ Nothing Tops a Spinning Top (about a Top)

Along with:

✓ Each passage contains questions

✓ Answers keys

✓ Cause and effect graphic organizer

✓ A Google Slides version so that you can have your students complete it digitally in Google Classroom if you prefer! Perfect for distance learning!

Check out the preview for details!

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.


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