Reading Comprehension Passages Differentiated Grades 2nd 3rd 4th

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This is a fantastic resource that I used for both online and in-person learning. I love the differentiation options and supplemental written responses/questions that go with each passage.
My small group students are coming in at varying levels and this helps me address them all at the same time while also taking my ELLs into account.


Close reading in your classroom helps your students dig deeper into the text they are reading. These 100 passages are written by two classroom teachers, differentiated to cover grades 2nd through 4th, giving you a total of 300 passages. Using these differentiated reading passages and comprehension questions will help you take your close reading instruction to the next level.

This resource includes:

  • 100 Different Titles with Comprehension Questions (300 passages total)
  • 8 Graphic Organizers
  • Annotation Key
  • Color-Coded Text Evidence Questions

Use this resource for:

  • Literacy Centers
  • Close Reading Instruction
  • Small Group Reading Instruction
  • RTI
  • Enrichment

If you desire to use one set of questions whole group, you can choose the questions that you believe your students as a group can discuss altogether. You have total control over how you differentiate this resource.

Titles For the WHOLE YEAR:

Unit #1: Back to School

  • Snooze Alarm
  • Welcome Back Students
  • Dodge the Ball
  • Year Round School
  • Important People at School
  • Safety First
  • Germs at School
  • Don't be a Bully
  • To Tag or Not to Tag
  • School Bus Safety

Unit #2: All About Fall

  • No White after Labor Day
  • The Fall Moon Festival
  • Fall Fruits and Vegetables
  • Fall Leaves and Trees
  • Why Seasons Change
  • Fall Football
  • Moving and Hiding
  • Trick or Treat
  • Fall Flyers
  • The First Thanksgiving

Unit #3: Time to Celebrate

  • Boxing Day
  • Culture Day
  • Diwali
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • International Volunteers Day
  • Kwanzaa Time
  • National Unity Day
  • The Emperor's Birthday
  • Veteran's Day

Unit #4: Our Country

  • America's Military
  • America's National Flower
  • Mount Rushmore
  • The American Flag
  • The National Anthem
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • The National Animal
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The American Bison
  • Becoming President of the USA

Unit #5: Winter is Here

  • All About Snow
  • Does the Cold Make You Sick
  • Hibernation
  • How Cold Affects the Body
  • Insects and Cold Weather
  • Living in an Igloo
  • Penguins and Polar Bears
  • The Arctic
  • The Winter Olympics
  • Winter Safety

Unit #6: Animals

  • Arctic Hare
  • Arctic Shark
  • Arctic Tern
  • Arctic Wolf
  • Dall Sheep
  • Ermine
  • Narwhal
  • Puffin
  • Arctic Wooly Bear
  • Wolverine

Unit #7: Heroes and Role Models

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Harriett Tubman
  • Rosa Parks
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Amelia Earhart
  • George Washington
  • Hellen Keller
  • Abraham Lincoln

Unit #8: The Earth

  • Earth Day
  • Recycling
  • Pollution
  • Planting Trees
  • Save Water
  • Reusable Items
  • Bike and Walk
  • Save Electricity
  • Global Warming
  • Compost

Unit #9: Spring Has Sprung

  • Spring
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Plant Life Cycle
  • Coming Out of Hibernation
  • Spring Holidays
  • Baby Animals
  • Budding Trees
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Spring Sports
  • Frog Life Cycle

Unit #10: Summer Fun

  • Swimming
  • Fourth of July
  • City Vacations
  • Beach Vacations
  • Mountain Vacations
  • Summer Weather
  • Backyard Games
  • Fireflies
  • Summer Foods
  • Water Parks

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About the Authors

Farrah and Heather are veteran classroom teachers with a total of 30 years in the elementary classroom between them. They are passionate about reading and helping students create a love for reading and understanding what they are reading. These passages were written and differentiated by two elementary teachers who have been in the trenches and taught Kinder-5th grade reading. Created by teachers for teachers!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


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