This activity is a beginning comprehension task for first and second graders. Most first graders would be able to do this by January. Second graders could do this at the beginning of the school year.
For children who are not reading well enough or have disabilities, you can tape record the passages. Children read along with the script. They match the pencils to the paragraphs, just as independent readers do. Be sure to record the correct answers on the tape..
Students have 8 pencils with story titles (topics) written on them. They have 8 passages on notebook paper. They read the paragraphs and match the titles to the passages. Children cannot go wrong, as all passages are unrelated to each other. In other words, one topic can only belong to one paragrah. In this way, children can see that writers stick to one topic.
Each paragraph was written in a child's voice. All paragraphs were written on the first grade reading levels.The stories relate to young children's lifestyles, so they can understand the meaning quickly.
The Common Core Standards are:
CCSS.ELA.Literacy RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell the details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 and 2.2 Ask and answer questions about key topics, ideas, and details in a read aloud and
information orally or through other media.
There are 14 pages in this activity. Included is a title page, student directions page, teacher directions page, and an answer key. There are 8 pencils with story titles and 8 pages of notebook paper with passages on them.
Paper, Pencils, and Comprehension is not only a center. You can use this little game when you model how to choose a topic.(whole group) This activity, also, works well with small group instruction.
I hope you enjoy using this in your classroom.