October FREEBIE: Bats {Close Reading passage with Common Core Aligned Questions}

October FREEBIE: Bats {Close Reading passage with Common Core Aligned Questions}
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"I use this in speech therapy and my kiddos love it! You'll learn that there's more to a bat than we know. I like how the same story comes in three different presentations along with fun and interactive follow up worksheets. Questions focus on main idea and other interesting key points. This story keeps my kiddos interested and wanting to learn more. Thank you!"- Eva G.




This FREEBIE has a full week of activities along with differentiated reading. The passage is written at four levels that range from high first to mid fifth grade. This gift to you can be used for standards based grading, weekly homework, guided reading, or quick formative assessments. It is a small sample of a much larger unit that I created for the month of October.

• • Informative, Relevant, Engaging, and Meaningful Reading! • •

• • • • Below you will find the description for the full unit. • • • •

It is your one stop source for October reading! Inside are 20 October themed information text passages written at FOUR different levels. Use for Close Reading and/or week-long homework!

20 Passages written at 4 Levels + 7 Activities for Each Passage

Title List and Lexile Levels in order as they appear in the unit:

>> Oh Boy, It's OctoberLexile Levels: 320, 490, 700, 900

>> All About AutumnLexile Levels: 260, 510, 720, 940

>> All About CornLexile Levels: 320, 510, 730, 880

>> National Popcorn MonthLexile Levels: 370, 580, 770, 950

>> All About ScarecrowsLexile Levels: 390, 600, 810, 990

>> Pumpkin Life CycleLexile Levels: 340, 520, 720, 940

>> All About PumpkinsLexile Levels: 370, 530, 770, 950

>> Jack-o-LanternsLexile Levels: 370, 550, 740, 940

>> Off the BatLexile Levels: 330, 540, 770, 910

>> Two SkeletonsLexile Levels: 280, 430, 670, 880

>> Christopher ColumbusLexile Levels: 310, 510, 700, 910

>> Happy Columbus DayLexile Levels: 360, 530, 710, 950

>> Redwood and SequoiasLexile Levels: 380, 520, 720, 940

>> Red Ribbon WeekLexile Levels: 380, 510, 700, 910

>> Fire Safety and Prevention WeekLexile Levels: 350, 500, 730, 940

>> ChocolateLexile Levels: 280, 510, 680, 870

>> SpidersLexile Levels: 300, 470, 750, 870

>> National Pizza MonthLexile Levels: 380, 530, 710, 950

>> All Hallows' EveLexile Levels: 270, 520, 720, 910

>> Halloween SafetyLexile Levels: 350, 480, 680, 890

*** 3 pages of questions per passage (4-6 questions on each page)

* 1st Question Page: Key Ideas and Details (Addresses RI.1, RI.2, RI.3)

* 2nd Question Page: Craft and Structure (Addresses RI.4, RI.5, RI.6)

* 3rd Question Page: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (Addresses RI.7, RI.8)

---- (Vocabulary is delicately selected to ensure appropriate text evidence support.)

*** Full Answer Key for ALL three question pages.

Save Ink! One page is used for each of the three question pages.

New to this unit! Included with the answer key!

Teacher discussion page with questions!

Provided for those who are not using all of the student question sheets.

*** 2 Graphic Organizers per passage for Key Ideas and Details

---- (One page for paragraph focus! Ensure students get the gist.)

---- (One "Fill-In" Fun poster graphic organizer per passage.

Simple fact questions. Aligned to RI.1 Ensure students get the gist.

Use to decorate bulletin boards or hallways.)

*** 2 Writing pieces per passage.

---- For opinions/ text evidence/ personal connections!

*** Three Day Close Reading General Outline

(Ideas for a 4th or 5th day are also provided)

*** Three Text Coding Posters. One for each Common Core Category!

>>>>> Two or more graphic organizers for all five text structures:

----- Sequence, Cause & Effect, Compare & Contrast, Descriptive, Problem & Solution.

>>>>> Over 20 additional Common Core Informational Text Graphic Organizers.

------ Each is labeled with the standard.

>>>>> Three Generic Comprehension Sheets Free of Common Core Standards.

----- Provided for anyone who are not using CCSS.

>>>>> Weekly Homework Assignment Sheets

----- There are five different assignment options

----- Two versions: With or Without Adult Initials

----- One blank template for each version. Twelve pages total.

As always, you will find:

*** Modern Clickable Titles: Table of Contents with lexile levels.

*** Good Old Fashion Table of Contents with page numbers.

These timeless close reads and the corresponding activities can be used all year! Not just during October!

Use for fluency practice!

Each passage page has the word count and lexile level clearly indicated.

Will work nicely for whole group, small group, social studies, science history, and more!

This set will also work perfectly for read-alouds.

"Close Reading" can happen with read-alouds. :)

Common Core Standards are listed in the answer key and next to each question so you are sure which standards are being addressed.

Second Grade Common Standards Addressed

RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.5, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, RI.2.8, RI.2.9, RI.2.10

Third Grade Common Standards Addressed

RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RI.3.9, RI.3.10

Fourth Grade Common Standards Addressed

RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.6, RI.4.7, RI.4.8, RI.4.9, RI.4.10

Pick up some of my other October Themed items.

Click here for Common Core Aligned October Main Idea Task Cards.

Click here for Common Core Aligned Fun October Math.

Note: This unit was written to specifically address text evidence as it relates to the vocabulary words. The ri.4 text dependent questions are written specifically for students to cite evidence from the text to answer appropriately.

Passage Titles for the Full October Passages Unit:

National Popcorn Month

National Pizza Month

Red Ribbon Week

All About Bats

All About Scarecrows

All About Corn

All About Chocolate

All About Spiders

Halloween Safety

Pumpkin Lifecycle (2 Pages: Part 1 & Part 2)

David Shannon B-Day Oct. 5th

Steven Kellogg B-Day Oct. 26th


Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus

Fire Safety

Spooky Skeletons


All Hallows Eve (w/o any religious or church reference)

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For more on Text Coding, Text Structures, and Close Reading of Informational Texts.

Click here to see my Interactive Notebook for Informational Text, Text Structures, and Close Reads.


Click here to see my Monthly Close Reading Units.

"Helping your children become text-dependent!"

Each monthly unit has history, biographies, science topics, holidays, and more!

Designed for Close Reading: Other uses includehomework, social studies, or science.

Text dependent questions are designed for text evidence responses!

Each passage is written at FOUR levels. From first to fifth!

Each passage has five or more activities. Use for guided reading!

Each passage can be used as week-long homework!

Click here to check out my Monthly Close Reading Club!


Click below to see each individual unit in the file.

Click below to see more of each individual unit in the file.

Click here for the January Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the February Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the March Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the April Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the May Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the June Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the August Close Reading Unit. 10 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the September Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the October Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the November Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click here for the December Close Reading Unit. 20 passages: EACH Written at FOUR levels.

Click the green links to see the titles included in each unit.


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