Paired Texts / Paired Passages: Winter and Snow Grades 4-8

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Paired passages, or paired texts, meet the demand for more rigorous, complex texts with Common Core- especially these passages that students can use to compare and build knowledge to integrate information and draw conclusions. The passages in this set are great to stretch your 4th and 5th graders, and still appropriate for many students in middle school as well.

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I have included two informational passages about snow: one about how it forms and one about the first photographer to capture snowflakes on film. There are also two passages about winter sports- one about how to ski and one about sled safety. Lastly, I have included the Russian Fairy Tale, "King Frost" along with an informational passage about frost.

There are two styles of passages provided to help suit various needs. Choose the style you like! There are not multiple levels of passages included.

The passages in this set are written for a 6th-7th grader to read independently. If you would like a lower level of the same passages that are included, you can purchase the DIFFERENTIATED ADD-ON for this set. The add-on passages are the perfect addition for your lower level readers in your classroom. Students can still practice more rigorous, complex questions; compare and build knowledge to integrate information; and draw conclusions with these lower level texts. The passages in the add-on set are a 3rd-4th grade readability. The differentiated passages work perfectly for small group or independent practice, stations, homework, or assessments.


In my 4th grade classroom, I use each of the texts for close reading and annotating lessons- this helps ensure the students fully comprehend the texts before having to answer questions about both texts together. Click here to see a blog post showing how I model purposeful annotating! My students use their annotated texts to answer the questions. Since the texts are in the “stretch” range for 4th and 5th, I don’t give these texts as cold reads, but if you have students reading on a 6th-8th grade level, you definitely could! If your students have not been exposed to paired text questions, you may want to walk them through some examples before you ever take a grade.

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