The informational articles and comprehension activities require students to justify answers by color-coding text evidence. The tasks are motivating and teach kids to think about what they read. Series 2.
The informational articles that focus on text dependent evidence practice is great for 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th 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 and graphic organizers are included. This is Series 2 which provides longer articles and more inferential questions for color-coding text evidence. See the link below for the Series 1 resource and the bundle which includes both resources.
The non-fiction selections are written on a 5th 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 4, grade 5, or grade 6 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 basketball and Michael Jordan, soccer and Pele, tennis and Billy Jean King, Billy Moon - otherwise known as Christopher Robin in the Winnie the Pooh series, Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, animals that are blue, Lewis and Clark's dog named Seaman, and strange spiders. 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.
These passages have been such a tremendous help in assisting my students with their constructed responses. I alternate giving them a passage with the multiple choice answers and then cutting index cards and pasting them down to cover up the multiple choice options as a means to practice their writing. The added bonus of color coding makes this fun for the students AND forces them to think since the colored pencils are not erasable. Thanks for another fabulous resource!
This is great. Wow, my kids love working through these in their reading rotations weekly!
This is fantastic. I have been looking for a great resource that will let my 4th graders practice citing text evidence without feeling like busy work, and this is definitely it. I love that the passages are appropriately challenging and engaging, and that the process of color-coding evidence is perfect for upper elementary kids. I will definitely be using these every year. Thank you!
Other effective and motivating comprehension text-evidence resources are available through Rick's Resources as follows:
Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Series 1
Reading Comprehension Color-Coding Text Evidence Bundle - Series 1 and 2
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