Reading Comprehension Passage - Leveled Text - The First Americans

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Are you looking for a leveled text that teaches students important vocabulary and increases comprehension of non-fiction text? This differentiated text does all that!

This 4-page text introduces students to the first people who migrated across the land bridge and spread throughout North and South America. The text gives students information about different climates in North America and focuses on the ways different cultures have adapted to survive in each climate.

You get the same article at three different levels, allowing for flexibility and easy differentiation. There are also vocabulary, language and comprehension activities, including Text Dependent Questions AND an Integrating Information activity that asks students to read a fiction passage and use information from the main informational text to make an inference.

Here's what you get:

1. A four page text at three different levels (1000 - 1100 Lexile, 900 - 1000 Lexile, and 800 - 900 Lexile.) The levels are appropriate for most 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

2. Two Vocabulary activities (Word Wonder, Context and Connections).

3. One Language Activity (Comma Compentence).

3. Three comprehension activities (What's the Gist?, Text Dependent Questions and Integrating Information).

4. All the activities come with an Answer Key and/or Rubric to make grading simple!

There are suggested schedules and ideas for how to use each activity.

Just print and teach! No prep!

This resource works great for substitutes!


For more differentiated texts, check out these text sets.

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The Salmon People - A Differentiated Text about the Tribes of the Pacific Northwest

Free at Last - a Differentiated text about Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating the Seven Principles - a Differentiated text about Kwanzaa


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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