Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions - Nonfiction - 2nd and 3rd Grade

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. These 52 nonfiction reading passages are perfect for close reading or test prep at any time of the year. Google Forms, TpT Digital Overlay Tool, and Printable versions are all included. Each passage requires close reading and a high level of thinking. Many context clues and inference questions are i
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These 16 nonfiction reading passages are perfect for students reading below grade level. They are written on the 2nd and 3rd grade reading levels. Self-checking and self-grading Google Forms, TpT Digital Overlay Tool and Printable versions are included. Each has 4 questions that require close reading and a high level of thinking. Many inference questions are included to get your students thinking deeply about their nonfiction texts. The topics are engaging to motivate even your most reluctant readers. Each test prep reading passage is about a Science or Social Studies topic to facilitate your cross-curricular instruction. Reading levels have been assigned to each passage. Grade level designations are reflective of the Common Core Stretch Bands.

Click here for 4th - 6th grade reading levels.



❤️Google Forms (self grading - immediate student feedback)

❤️TpT Digital Tool


⭐ Titles:

1. Dinosaur Poop

2. Vampire Squid

3. Regions of the United States

4. Porcupines

5. Prairie Dogs

6. The Accidental Potato Chip

7. The American Civil War

8. Benjamin Franklin’s Childhood

9. Volcanoes

10. So You Want To Be an Astronaut?

11. The Boston Tea Party

12. Causes of the American Revolution

13. What, More Taxes?

14. Dung Beetles

15. Extreme Insects

16. Fireflies

❤️ The printable versions are only one page in length, so they are easy to use during one class period, for small group or RtI instruction, or in learning stations.

To see the other sets in this series, click on the links below.

Set 1 - 16 passages

Set 2 - 12 passages

Set 3 - 12 passages

Set 4 - 12 passages

Bundle of all Four Sets


I have had the honor of writing professionally for The University of Texas at Austin. The texts you will be receiving are of the same quality you would receive from any publisher.


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Story Elements

Text Connections - Paired Reading Selections

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Sequence Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format

Author’s Purpose Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format

Inference Story Cards

Cause and Effect Task Cards with Quiz

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Total Pages
22 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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