Reading Passages | Countries Reading Passages | Countries Close Reading

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Special Treat Friday
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Digital countries reading passages with comprehension questions are perfect for your 1st and 2nd grade readers. Students enjoy reading about different countries other than their own and this is a good way for them to do it. Teachers can also use these passages to help students with their informational writing using their close reading skills.


The passages, questions and informational writing activities are all digital and printable!


  • 6 Reading Passages (Digital and Printable)
  • 6 Comprehension Question Sets (Digital and Printable)
  • Close Reading Step by Step Instructions
  • Informational Writing Activities (Printable and Digital)


There are many ways! Teachers can assign students the passages digitally or use the printable version. They can be assigned within any digital platform. The students can do the comprehension questions after the reading. This can also be assigned.

Recommended Way! The teacher can then use these passages with the close reading lesson plans that are included and turn it into an informational writing activity all about winter sports.

You might also be interested in our Winter Games PBL unit. This unit is included inside of it, so you get both!

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Special Treat Friday, Heather McKinsey

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.


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