The articles, stories and comprehension activities require students to justify answers by color-coding text evidence. The unique tasks are motivating and teach kids to think about what they read. Series 1.
The informational articles that focus on text dependent evidence practice is great for 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade. Comprehension strategies also focus on cause and effect, inferences, compare and contrast, problem solving, drawing conclusions, identifying important facts, using context clues, identifying important details. The passages and worksheets are great for close reading activities that focus on citing textual evidence. Full answer keys are included. This is Series 1 which provides shorter stories and articles and provides a good introduction to color-coding text evidence. See the link below for the Series 2 resource and the bundle which includes both resources.
The Series 1 selections and passages are written on a 4th grade reading level (9 and 10 years old). They can be used with younger or older kids as determined by their skill level. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as a homeschool or summer reading resource.
Questions and Topics Addressed in this Resource
The stories in this resource can be used as an assessment tool to test upper elementary students in grade 3, grade 4, or grade 5 on their comprehension skill levels. The exercises, problems, and activities on the printable worksheets adhere to core standards in the U.S and elsewhere. Included are articles on Tony Hawk, Under the Street Utilities, Bigfoot, History of the Ice Cream Cone, Wolfgang Mozart, Wild Animals in the City, and fiction stories on Why Chipmunks Have Stripes, Cave Exploration, The Hot Air Balloon Adventure, River Rafting Adventure, Working on a Farm, the Cold Night. The text based evidence activities can be a great supplement to district and state curriculum requirements and are easily adaptable to existing lesson plans. Students enjoy doing detective work as they try to justify their answers and then color code text evidence examples that match their responses.
Other effective and motivating comprehension text-evidence resources are available through Rick's Resources as follows:
Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Series 2
Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Bundle - Series 1 and 2
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