Here's a perfect nonfiction reading comprehension activity for kids excited about weather!
This set of tornado and hurricane reading passages, graphic organizers, and text structure lesson ideas are a great high-interest reading resource for your middle school class.
Each reading passage is written in one of the five main text structures (description, compare and contrast, cause and effect, problem and solution, and sequence/chronological order) and comes with a nonfiction graphic organizer that students can use to map the main ideas. There are also five reading comprehension questions to use with each article.
I've included a text structure "cheat sheet" with definitions and cue words for each type of text structure, as well as two lesson ideas - one group project for a 2-3 day period (great for practicing with text structure) and one that can fill part of a class period each day for a week for a more in-depth look at each text structure.
Here's a summary of what's included:
-5 original articles on the following topics:
"Crazy Twisters!" (description of interesting tornado varieties)
"A Tale of Two Hurricanes" (compare and contrast two hurricanes that hit Galveston, TX)
"Tornado Alley" (cause and effect explaining why tornadoes occur so often there)
"Tornado Warning!" (problem and solution of predicting tornadoes)
"A Hurricane's Life" (sequence of events in how hurricanes form)
-3 pages of reading comprehension questions (5 questions per passage)
-5 graphic organizers (bubble map, Venn diagram, sequence chart, and two different types of flow charts)
-1 page of lesson ideas
-1 text structure "cheat sheet" that can be used for notes or whole-class review
Text structure can be a difficult topic to teach, since you really have to read several full-length texts to get an sense of how each one works. I've simplified the process for you by providing clear-cut examples of each one in engaging, weather-themed articles - all in a simple, easy-to-implement format. I hope your students enjoy learning fun facts about hurricanes and tornadoes while they practice nonfiction reading skills and strategies!
Answer keys are included for the graphic organizers reading check questions.