Nonfiction Reading Passages for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

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These 16 nonfiction reading passages are perfect for test prep, small group instruction, centers, homework and warm-up work. Included are 16 short reading passages with 4 questions each that require close reading and a high level of thinking. Many inference questions are included to get your students thinking deeply about their nonfiction texts. The topics are engaging to motivate even your most reluctant readers. Each test prep reading passage is about a Science or Social Studies topic to facilitate your cross-curricular instruction. Lexile levels have been assigned to each reading passage. Grade level designations are reflective of the Common Core Stretch Lexile Bands.

Click here for 4th - 6th grade Lexile levels.

Titles Included:

1. Dinosaur Poop
2. Vampire Squid
3. Regions of the United States
4. Porcupines
5. Prairie Dogs
6. The Accidental Potato Chip
7. The American Civil War
8. Benjamin Franklin’s Childhood
9. Volcanoes
10. So You Want To Be an Astronaut?
11. The Boston Tea Party
12. Causes of the American Revolution
13. What, More Taxes?
14. Dung Beetles
15. Extreme Insects
16. Fireflies

These nonfiction reading test prep passages and questions are only one page in length, so they are easy to use during one class period, for small group or RtI instruction, or in learning stations.

To see the other sets int his series, click on the links below.

Set 1 - 16 passages
Set 2 - 12 passages
Set 3 - 12 passages
Set 4 - 12 passages
Bundle of all Four Sets


I have had the honor of writing professionally for The University of Texas at Austin. The texts you will be receiving are of the same quality you would receive from any publisher.

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Author’s Purpose Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format
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Nonfiction Reading Passages for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
Nonfiction Reading Passages for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
Nonfiction Reading Passages for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
Nonfiction Reading Passages for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade