Reading Comprehension Passages Print or Google Classroom Distance Learning

Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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46 (including answer keys)/40 Slides
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  1. These 70 reading skills and strategy posters explain many of the reading skills and strategies used in Passage of the Day Daily Reading Comprehension Practice. Use them to help your students to answer the questions independently. Passage of the Day includes Digital Google slides (with text boxes!)P
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Passage of the Day (POD) is a quick and effective way to review close reading and comprehension skills. Each of the 40 PODs consists of a short, engaging passage with two text-dependent questions to reinforce reading skills, and a bonus writing activity. There are two passages on each page. The pages are meant to be cut in half, with one half used each day. Alternatively, you could use the whole page if you want students to complete two passages in one day.

A digital version is also included for use with Google Classroom. Each POD is sized for a full slide and include text boxes for student input. Perfect for the paperless classroom or distance learning while school is closed. Please see the free preview for more information.


Distance Learning

This packet will work well for at-home learning. Go digital with the google slides or send home printed pages for students to complete.


Each POD is numbered in the upper right. All of the odd-numbered PODs are informational text (nonfiction) while the even ones are all fictional texts. Just for fun, the two PODs on each page are related in some way. Sometimes the connection is obvious, but often it is more subtle. As an extra activity, you could have your students tell how the passages are connected.

There are two questions for each POD. The questions are a mix of short answer and multiple choice. One question (usually the first one) is a vocabulary or comprehension question while the other question focuses on some aspects of close reading such as inference, POV, main idea, summarizing, author’s purpose, text structure, fact and opinion, genre, analysis, etc.

Each passage also includes a writing prompt for students to complete on the back of the page. The prompt is always related to the passage, designed to hook even the most reluctant writers, and will help your students to think critically and creatively while making personal connections with the text. Use it as an activity for early finishers, extra credit, homework, or as a required part of the assignment. There is also an optional lined back page for two-sided printing.

Full page answer keys are also included.


Get Passage of the Day Set 2

Yes, more sets are coming! At least 2 and possibly 3, depending on demand. Each set will contain 40 passages and be formatted the same as this one.


For Google Slides

To access the student slides, you will need to have a (free) Google Drive account. When you click the link on the PDF that you will download after purchase, you will be prompted to make your own copy. Once you do, you can rename it and distribute it to your students through Google Classroom or whatever platform you use. You will want to make sure that your students each make their own copies so that no one is editing your original.


Suggestions for use:

-Use as bell work at the start of the day or for warm-up before your reading block.

-Use at literacy centers.

-Create packets or notebooks and allow students to complete at their own pace.

-Use as exit slips.

-Send home as homework.

-Use as test prep or extra practice.


About the Author

These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These student reading passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.


About the Common Core:

Most of the Common Core Standards for Reading Literature (RL) and Reading Informational Text (RI) for grades 3-5 are addressed within this resource. There are a few standards that are beyond the reach of this kind of practice that could not be included. In addition, the Fluency standards for Reading Foundations (RF) are also covered.


Titles Included (odd numbers = informational text, even numbers = fictional text):

1. Underwater Bike Race

2. Emma's Mix Up

3. Molasses Disaster

4. One Thing Leads to Another

5. Your Saliva

6. Anna's Apple Pie

7. The Invention of LEGO Bricks

8. A Special Gift

9. Squid vs. Octopus

10. My Jar Collection

11. Venus Flytrap

12. Ambush!

13. The Color of Your Eyes

14. The Unwanted Kitten

15. Little Free Libraries

16. Neighborhood Stuff Swap

17. Where the Wild Horses Are

18. The Art Show

19. No More Pennies

20. Flip Penny

21. The Great Barrier Reef

22 Wish You Were Here

23. Sand Cats of the Sahara

24. A New Friend

25. The Hair on Your Head

26. Bad Hair Day

27. The World's Largest Meteorite

28. Star Jeans

29. Frozen Frogs

30. Frog Catchers

31. Why it Hails

32. Saved by the Storm

33. The Grand Canyon

34. The Magic Coin

35. Barber-Surgeons

36. Lucy's Haircut

37. The Longest Tunnel in the World

38. Spencer's Adventure

39. Mad as a Hatter

40. A Very Special Magic Show


Need longer passages? Try:

Text Time

Want reference posters to foster reading independence? Check out:

This Giant Reading Posters Bundle

Want to use task cards to reinforce reading skills? Then you need:

This Reading Skills Task Card Bundle

Want more ELA and reading skills review? Have a look at:

I Heart Literacy

Want your students to write better paragraphs? Then you need:

I Heart Paragraph Writing


Parents and Caregivers:

This resource will work best if your child is already familiar with the reading skills in this product. This product is meant to reinforce those concepts, not to teach them. If you feel your student would benefit by being able to reference specific reading skills, you might also consider these reading posters/charts.


Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use. :)

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom


Happy Teaching!

Rachel Lynette

Minds in Bloom

Total Pages
46 (including answer keys)/40 Slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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