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Nonfiction Reading Passages and Activities (Common Core Aligned)

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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This nonfiction reading passages pack is perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade reading teachers!

This nonfiction reading passages pack was created to provide materials to teach all of the Common Core Informational Text Standards for grades 2 and 3. Teachers can print out the resources and will be ready to use for instruction! Over 35 possible lessons provided! These materials are ideal for small groups but could also be used for intervention, enrichment, or even whole group.

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Provided in the resource are passages on 6 different topics:

➝ Sharks

➝ Peafowl

➝ Gold Rush

➝ Great Leaders

➝ Mount Rushmore

➝ Grizzly Bears

For each of these topics, 3 passages are provided in order for teachers to provide leveled instruction to their students. All three levels are provided with complex text, but depending on the level the amount of text is altered. Those struggling students may require breaking down the paragraphs, sentences, or even words for full understanding.

Additional Resource Pages- Provided for each topic that have links to online videos, pictures, and sites as well as recommended additional texts with links to purchase.


Comprehension Questions➝ Leveled comprehension questions are provided for the leveled passages with primary and regular lines. (short answer, multiple choice, and true/false) Answers Provided

Asking Questions➝ Students can develop questions that they still have regarding the topics. Primary and regular lines provided.

Comparing Texts➝ Students can compare the passage with additional text on the same topic. (provided for 2 passages)

Using Diagrams, Charts, Pictures to Gain Information➝ Students will use additional images and text in order to share more information.

A Peacock's Train

If I Were a Gold Miner

Map of Mount Rushmore

Connection Between Series of Events, Ideas, Steps➝ Students will use the text in order to make connections to events, ideas, and steps related to four passages.

Building Mount Rushmore

How to Help Guide


Why Do Peacocks Have Feathers?

Main Topic➝ Seven different options are provided to use to find the main topic of the passages.

Author's Purpose➝ A graphic organizer is provided that requires students to determine the purpose and provide evidence.

Please keep in mind that levels and expectations might differ in every classroom based on the type of school, demographics, location, etc.

Keywords: Common Core, graphic organizer, author's purpose, main topic, comparing, answering questions, comprehension

Reading comprehension passages and questions

If you have any questions, please email prior to purchasing at: mstegeler@gmail.com. Thanks!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


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