Reading Comprehension / Vocabulary / Science Activity:
The story tells what happens when a boy named Lorenzo decides to take a cocoon off of a tree branch and carry it into his classroom. Other than gaining attention from his fellow classmates, things do not turn out the way Lorenzo plans.
Not only will your students find this story interesting, they will learn about the life cycle of a moth. The story is one page long followed by 3 sets of reading comprehension and vocabulary questions. The first set of questions are literal comprehension ones that direct students to look back to the story to successfully fill in the blanks. The second set of questions requires inferential comprehension as your students label presented vocabulary words (curious, jealous, worried) to three different quotes, which story characters said. The third set of questions has students sequence four story events by labeling them in the correct order. In all, there are 18 reading skills questions. 5 detailed pictures also reinforce story understanding. The 5th page is the answer key. This lesson can also serve as a test preparation to help your students do better on the reading and science portions of your state tests.
This Science/Reading activity is perfect for 2nd and 3rd graders. It will work with high-functioning 1st graders, who read fluently. It is also ideal in the intermediate grades (4th, 5th, and 6th) with Special Education students,remedial readers, and ESL (English Second Language) learners.