Reading Comprehension & Prefix Task Cards, PDF/EASEL. Winter Solstice activities

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4th - 6th
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40 Task Cards, 6 pages of nonfiction text, 5 pages of activities with answer keys
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    Are you looking for a reading comprehension passage that teaches students science content about the Winter Solstice, and includes three Lexile levels for easy differentiation, Task Cards, reading comprehension and vocabulary practice? This bundle includes a 2-page text written at three different Lexile Levels for easy differentiation. It also includes Task Cards focusing on prefixes, text dependent questions, and additional comprehension and vocabulary activities. It has everything you need for more than a week of instruction!

    This article discusses the science behind the Winter Solstice and also the traditions that have been celebrated for centuries in Europe and North America, including traditions of the ancient Britons at Stonehenge, the Romans, the Cree people in North America and medieval Europeans. You get the same article at three different levels, allowing for flexibility and easy differentiation. There are also vocabulary and comprehension activities, including an Integrating Information activity that extends students' understanding of the science behind the tradition. This resource gives you over 5 days of instructional activities!

    This resource also includes 40 Task Cards in both color and ink-saving black-and-white. Your students will get plenty of prefix practice while learning about this important phenomenon. Each Task Card features a short passage that gives content information and context for learning about prefixes. The questions are multiple choice and students will record their answers on the included Recording Sheet. And of course, there is an answer sheet for you!

    Here's what you get:

    1. A two-page pdf and EASEL article about the Winter Solstice at three different levels (1100 - 1200 Lexile, 900 - 1000 Lexile, and 800 - 900 Lexile.) The levels are appropriate for most 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
    2. The same two-page article at each level as a Google Slide deck.
    3. Three vocabulary activities (Word Wonder, Dictionary Dive and Prefix Power) -printable AND Google Slides!
    4. Three comprehension activities (What's the Gist?, Text Dependent Questions and Integrating Information) - printable AND Google Slides!
    5. Suggested Schedules and ideas for teaching each activity.
    6. Overview of the Task Card Resource
    7. Suggestions for using Task Cards
    8. Printing Instructions
    9. 40 Task Cards - Color
    10. 40 Task Cards - Black Line
    11. Student Recording Sheets
    12. All the activities come with an Answer Key and/or Rubric to make grading simple!

    The prefixes included in this resource are:

    • mid
    • pre
    • un
    • post
    • im
    • dis
    • re
    • mis
    • non

    This is a pdf download with links embedded in the document for the Google Slides. You will make your own copy of the Google Slides version of the article for each Lexile Level.

    If you prefer the Google Slides version of this bundle, click here.

    Love these Task Cards? This version includes the EASEL and PDF version. If you would like them as BOOM Cards or Google Slides, they are available in my store! This bundle includes the Google Slides of the article AND the Task Cards!

    Need ideas for using Task Cards? Click here for Five Great Ways to Use Task Cards in Your Classroom!


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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.
    Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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