In my experience, children often benefit from additional guided practice with comprehension questions similar to questions on the weekly tests. These selections and questions are original and modeled after the Reach for Reading weekly comprehension test selections. If the tested selection is literature, the practice is literature. If the tested selection is an article with sub headers, then the practice is also an informational article with sub headers. Additionally, I have made an effort to use the phonics patterns, vocabulary and high frequency words of the unit where possible. The practice sheet for week 4 is slightly different from the rest. It focuses only on the new comprehension skill taught in week 4 and does not emulate the unit test as directly as weeks 1,2 & 3 emulate the weekly test.
These practice sheets can be used as homework, with partners, in small groups, or as a whole group. I have had success assigning them as homework and discussing the answers together in class. Using the “numbered heads together” technique is another effective way to use these comprehension stories.
Unit 5 Notes: I have made efforts to make the informational pieces simple, but factual. For example, in A Year at the Pond I checked to make sure all the species listed could be found at the same pond, and researched specific species for accurate description of behavior and life cycle (Nymphaea odorata: common North American white water lily, American bullfrog, various dragonfly & raccoon sites). For Born Below Zero the temperatures of the Antarctic came from this USA Today article. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/average-temperature-antarctica-13726.html I referenced the Emperor penguin species specifically so kids would not erroneously generalize the described behavior to all penguins. And please, if you find any conflicting information please message me! I do want to be accurate.
Because A Year at the Pond came out so long, I also made an abbreviated version for lower readers. It is included at the very end of this document. Version (A) is longer and has more science vocabulary, though all of the vocabulary has context clues. Version (B) is shorter and has less answer choices. I hope this is useful!
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